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Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak Has Been Setting Up His Replacement for Years


Pat Sajak is leaving his gig as Wheel of Fortune host after 41 years and he might already have his replacement in mind.

Vanna White and Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune
Photo: Sony Pictures Television

By almost any metric, Pat Sajak is one of the most successful figures in American game show history. The Chicago native has hosted the iconic Wheel of Fortune since 1983, stewarding the program’s rise to TV dominance.

Wheel of Fortune is a game show that airs in syndication alongside its Sony Pictures Television partner Jeopardy! (before in some TV markets, and after in others). The central “wheel” is a literal structure that three contestants spin to reveal a prize amount or punishment (“Lose a Turn,” “Bankruptcy”) that they can add to their winnings if they correctly guess a world puzzle correctly. Along the way, Wheel has picked up some extra rules and twists that make it an unusually complicated experience for the casual viewer. Thankfully Sajak takes his hosting duties seriously, constantly reminding players to strictly read only what’s in the puzzle.

Now it seems that Sajak’s 41-year stint in the captain’s chair is set to come to an end soon, with the host announcing on Twitter that the show’s upcoming 41st season would be his last before retirement. In the announcement, he also threw down a bit of gauntlet for entertainment sites.

While we wouldn’t self identify as a “clickbait” site, we can’t help but want to rise to Pat’s challenge to stay busy. So with that in mind, here’s a harebrained clickbait theory from yours truly, a long-time Wheel-watcher. I believe it’s pretty clear who Sajak, if not the studio that employs him, has in mind for a replacement.

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