Sajak, 75, did not say if he has any concrete plans to retire soon.
LOS ANGELES — Pat Sajak, the 40-year-old host of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ recently hinted that his time on the show could be coming to an end.
“The years go by quickly. We are nearing the end. It was long ago [time]. We won’t be doing this in 40 years. The end is near,” Sajak said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight published on Thursday. “…It’s an honor to have been in people’s living rooms for so long. There were people out there welcoming us. We’re happy and proud.”
Sajak, 75, did not say if he has any concrete plans to retire soon. With the hosting legend making similar comments in previous interviews, it’s unclear how “close” the end could be. As part of recent contract extensions, he and co-host Vanna White will remain with the show for at least the 2023-2024 season.
However, Sajak noted the show’s long run — it has aired since it premiered in 1975.
“On most TV shows at this point, you would have said, ‘That’s probably enough,’ but this show isn’t going to die,” he joked, adding, “It seems like I’m going before the show.”
PREVIOUS: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Defends Contestants Whose Puzzle Attempts Goed Viral
Wheel is the longest-running syndicated game show in the US and has inspired several spin-offs. One of them is “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”, the third season of which premieres on September 25th.
White told Entertainment Tonight she’s most excited about the appearance of rapper Snoop Dogg in the celebrity spinoff. However, Sajak still hopes someone else will eventually sign up as a contestant: Meryl Streep. It’s also a wish he’s shared in previous interviews.
“That’s all I want, but she’s not coming because she found out you can’t win an Oscar for it,” he joked.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-world/pat-sajak-hosting/507-83ab4f72-971a-4378-ba74-74fff0bb46ce Host Pat Sajak hints he’s retiring soon from ‘Wheel of Fortune’