Pat Sajak is getting ready to take one last spin. After 41 years as host of “Wheel of Fortune,” the veteran performer, 75, claims he is almost at “the end” of his time on the game show.
In a Thursday interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Sajak made the startling remark. “The end is almost here. It’s been quite a while. For the next 40 years, we’re not going to do this. It’s almost over, he remarked.
It’s an honor to have spent so much time in people’s living rooms. We are content and proud.
The first episode of “Wheel of Fortune” aired in 1975, and Sajak was hired as the host in December 1981. In 1982, Vanna White, then 65, was hired as a co-host. For the past 40 years, the pair has appeared on the same screen.
Sajak’s recent remarks suggest that he and White are looking to leave their co-hosting position sooner rather than later. They reported last year that Sajak and White had agreed to a lucrative contract to keep them working together until about 2024.
Fans of “Wheel of Fortune” shouldn’t give up hope, as Sajak claims that the programme will probably continue long after he and White leave the set.
By this point, you would typically have said, “That’s probably enough,” but he said this show wouldn’t end. “I think I might leave before the show,”
Sajak has already addressed retirement rumours, saying on “Entertainment Tonight” in September of last year that he couldn’t see himself working on “Wheel of Fortune” for another ten years.
“We’re certainly closer to the end than the beginning,” Sajak said. “I’d like to leave before people tune in and look at me and say, ‘Ooh, what happened to him? I wouldn’t bet on seeing us in, like, ten years, I would say.”
White was interviewed as well and made a similar statement.
Before paying respect to her co-host, the blonde beauty stated she would “probably” quit the show before the decade was over.
She referred to Sajak as her brother and said they had been together for almost 38 years. He’s hilarious. She said they could finish each other’s sentences if they wanted to. They are acquainted in that way.
The well-paid pair might find it difficult to leave their prestigious professions. Each reportedly earns eight figures annually. Sajak allegedly made $15 million in 2016, while White took home $10 million. After extending their contracts last year, they will probably earn even more money this time.