Pat Sajak RETURNING as host of Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune at ABC


By Justin Enriquez and Sameer Suri For Dailymail.com

23:01 10 Jul 2024, up to date 23:11 10 Jul 2024



Pat Sajak will probably be returning as host for Celerity Wheel Of Fortune a month after retiring from the main show after 41 years.

The 77-year-old tv icon will probably be returning to host the ABC sport present spin-off collection on October 7 the community introduced on Thursday.

Episodes have but to be taped however they are going to air on Mondays when the nationwide community doesn’t have a Monday Evening Soccer sport.

Sajak has filmed all 4 seasons of Superstar Wheel Of Fortune which debuted in 2021. 

In the meantime Ryan Seacrest will probably be changing the longtime present on the flagship program starting within the fall as he’ll run the show alongside Pat’s longtime co-host Vanna White.

Pat Sajak will probably be returning as host for Celerity Wheel Of Fortune a month after retiring from the primary present after 41 years
Simply final month legendary host Sajak wished a fond farewell to Wheel Of Fortune on his ultimate episode of this system, which was broadcast Friday evening

Simply final month legendary host Sajak wished a fond farewell to Wheel Of Fortune on his final episode of the program, which was broadcast Friday night.

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The longtime tv presenter first started internet hosting the the enduring sport present in 1981, taking on from outgoing compere Chuck Woolery.

In an emotional video released Thursday night, Vanna was decreased to tears as she mentioned: ‘I can not imagine that tomorrow is our final present collectively.’

When the ultimate episode got here finally on Friday night, the devoted Wheel Of Fortune followers had been handled to Pat’s heartwarming final hurrah – ending with a sweet tribute to ‘my professional other half, Vanna.’

In a tear-jerking contact, the episode started with a flashback clip to Pat’s entrance on his first-ever episode of Wheel Of Fortune.

After being introduced by identify, Pat bounded onstage and joked to the viewers: ‘Please don’t regulate your units at dwelling. Chuck Woolery has not shrunk.’

The present then reduce to the brand new footage, as Pat’s ultimate episode on the helm of the sport present kicked off in earnest.

Pat and Vanna walked onstage arm in arm, he in his trademark swimsuit and tie and her in a full-length scarlet sequined robe that emphasised her nonetheless enviably willowy body. 

The 77-year-old tv icon will probably be returning to host the ABC sport present spin-off collection on October 7 the community introduced on Thursday; he’s seen in June 2011
Sajak wished a fond farewell to Wheel Of Fortune on his ultimate episode of this system, which was broadcast in early June
PDevoted Wheel Of Fortune followers had been handled to Pat’s heartwarming final hurrah – ending with a candy tribute to ‘my skilled different half,’ Vanna White

As they arrived in entrance of the cameras, the viewers burst into rapturous cheers and applause, and Pat joked to Vanna that the 2 of them had been now ‘all grown up.’

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With out additional ado, Pat soldiered forward with the sport, sprinkling in his typical cheeky repartee with contestants Tammi, Nino and Adrienne.

Adrienne shared that she is keen on singing however confessed her household takes a dim view of her abilities, to which Pat quipped: ‘Perhaps we’ll simply take their phrase for it.’

As a refined tribute to Pat, the reply to the primary problem turned out to be Chicago, Illinois – which because the host identified was his hometown.

Within the midst of the sport, he briefly paused and mentioned: ‘I believe most individuals know that is my final night on the present and on the finish of the present I’ve a number of issues I’d wish to say. So we have to save just a little time. How can we do this? So we’re gonna reduce out a spherical, which kinda robs you individuals.’

To make up for the deficit, Pat determined to take the uncommon step of spinning the wheel himself, promising that no matter quantity he landed on, he would add $1,000 and provides that quantity to every of the three opponents.

In the end, he determined: ‘You realize what? It’s not my cash. Let’s give all of them $5,000,’ including drily: ‘Little Jimmy’s surgical procedure can wait.’

Pat was then handled to a testimonial by Jim Thornton, who has been the announcer on Wheel Of Fortune for 13 years and thanked Pat for ‘protecting me on my toes!’

In a tear-jerking contact, the episode started with a flashback clip to Pat’s entrance on his first-ever episode of Wheel Of Fortune in 1981
As they arrived in entrance of the cameras, the viewers burst into rapturous cheers and applause, and Pat joked to Vanna that the 2 of them had been now ‘all grown up’
With out additional ado, Pat soldiered forward with the sport, sprinkling in his typical cheeky repartee with contestants Tammi, Nino and Adrienne
drienne shared that she is keen on singing however confessed her household takes a dim view of her abilities, to which Pat quipped: ‘Perhaps we’ll simply take their phrase for it’
As a refined tribute to Pat, the reply to the primary problem turned out to be Chicago, Illinois – which because the host identified was his hometown
Pat introduced that with the intention to save time on the finish of the episode for his farewell assertion, a spherical could be reduce out, ‘which type of robs you individuals’
Pat took the uncommon step of spinning the wheel himself, promising that no matter quantity he landed on, he would add $1,000 and provides that quantity to every of the three opponents
In the end, he determined: ‘You realize what? It’s not my cash,’ including: ‘Let’s give all of them $5,000,’ including drily: ‘Little Jimmy’s surgical procedure can wait’
at was then handled to a testimonial by Jim Thornton, who has been the announcer on Wheel Of Fortune for 13 years and thanked Pat for ‘protecting me on my toes!’
The present then barreled again into the sport, together with the same old ads to giveaway journeys to such unique locales as Barbados and Lapland

The present then barreled again into the sport, together with the same old ads to giveaway journeys to such unique locales as Barbados and Lapland. 

Pat’s daughter Maggie, who will probably be continuing on as Wheel Of Fortune’s social correspondent after Pat’s departure, then appeared.

‘I’ve been working all yr placing one thing actually particular collectively for our final Fan Fridays prize of the season, and my masterpiece is lastly full,’ she mentioned.

She unveiled a large reward basket full of Wheel Of Fortune mementos, together with Sheldon the ceramic Dalmatian, a mascot of the present. 

Pat’s daughter Maggie, who will probably be persevering with on as Wheel Of Fortune’s social correspondent after Pat’s departure, then appeared
‘I’ve been working all yr placing one thing actually particular collectively for our final Fan Fridays prize of the season, and my masterpiece is lastly full,’ she mentioned
She introduced that ‘in honor of my dad’s final present I sat down with him and received him to signal a few of his favourite gadgets only for you’
‘Thanks, Maggie,’ mentioned Pat, including along with his trademark lack of sentimentality: ‘That stuff will probably be on eBay earlier than you realize it’
The sport soldiered forward, and Adrienne finally gained, successful a ultimate $50,000 query and falling gleefully into her sister Aysha’s arms
‘Which implies she has $79,598. Who wants all of the rounds?’ crowed Pat, promising that his ‘parting ideas’ had been coming after the subsequent industrial break

‘You could possibly win the last word Wheel Of Fortune memorabilia assortment, that includes traditional props from the present, classic Wheel merch and extra, and in honor of my dad’s final present I sat down with him and received him to signal a few of his favourite gadgets only for you,’ Maggie chirped.

She urged followers to enter the web sweepstakes by typing the Phrase Of The Day into WheelOfFortune.com, throwing their hats within the ring to win the basket.

‘Thanks, Maggie,’ mentioned Pat, including along with his trademark lack of sentimentality: ‘That stuff will probably be on eBay earlier than you realize it.’

The sport soldiered forward, and Adrienne finally gained, successful a ultimate $50,000 query and falling gleefully into her sister Aysha’s arms.

‘Which implies she has $79,598. Who wants all of the rounds?’ crowed Pat, promising that his ‘parting ideas’ had been coming after the subsequent industrial break.

When he got here again, Pat delivered a touching speech to the digital camera by which he expressed his gratitude for a way ‘privileged’ he was to host the present.

‘Properly, the time has come to say goodbye. I’ve a number of thanks and acknowledgments earlier than I’m going, and I wish to begin with all of you watching on the market,’ he mentioned.

‘It has been an unbelievable privilege to be invited into thousands and thousands of properties evening after evening, yr after yr, decade after decade,’ he continued. 

‘It has been an unbelievable privilege to be invited into thousands and thousands of properties evening after evening, yr after yr, decade after decade,’ he mentioned in his farewell assertion
‘I’ve at all times felt that the privilege got here with the duty to maintain this each day half hour a protected place for household enjoyable,’ remarked the host
He touchingly mentioned: ‘What an honor to have performed even a small half in all of that. Thanks for permitting me into your lives’

‘I’ve at all times felt that the privilege got here with the duty to maintain this each day half hour a protected place for household enjoyable. No social points, no politics, nothing embarrassing I hope, only a sport.’ 

Nevertheless the present developed into ‘greater than’ simply play, turning into as a substitute a ‘place the place youngsters realized their letters, the place individuals from different international locations honed their English abilities, the place households got here collectively together with pals and neighbors, and whole generations.’

He touchingly mentioned: ‘What an honor to have performed even a small half in all of that. Thanks for permitting me into your lives.’ 

Pat went on: ‘Each time we taped a present, I met three new individuals from all components of this glorious nation and the world who had been form and thoughtful, who rooted for one another, who took nice satisfaction in speaking about their household, their hometown, their–their pals, their colleges, their jobs, even their pets.’

He added: ‘In the long run, they had been the actual stars of the present. I genuinely appreciated these individuals, and I will miss the prospect to satisfy extra of them.’

Pat added a tip of the hat to ‘our workers and crew, notably the veterans with whom I’ve shared this stage for 5 years, 10 years, 20, 30 and extra, it has been a pleasure to work with you,’ the talk-show legend mentioned.

‘Your abilities and dedication and good humor made this a spot I at all times needed to be. Everybody pulled collectively and cared about one another and about this present,’ he mentioned.

‘It labored since you made it work. It seemed nice since you made it look nice, and also you made my job a lot simpler. And I need you to know that your efforts by no means went unnoticed by me nor unappreciated. I will miss you guys.’

‘Lastly, to my skilled different half, pricey Vanna,’ mentioned Pat warmly: ‘Like me, she takes the present very significantly however not herself’
‘I shudder to assume what these 40-plus years might need been like had they introduced somebody in all stuffed with themselves, enjoying the prima donna function,’ he mentioned
He shared that ‘whereas I will very a lot miss working along with her, I take solace in the truth that we reside about 5 miles aside, so we’ll see loads of one another’

He warmly shared: ‘One of the best a part of the final couple of years has been the prospect to work with my daughter Maggie, to look at her develop in her function and as an individual.’

Nevertheless his final tribute was reserved for Vanna, who has appeared at his facet on the sport present nonstop for greater than 40 years. 

‘Lastly, to my skilled different half, pricey Vanna. Like me, she takes the present very significantly however not herself. I shudder to assume what these 40-plus years might need been like had they introduced somebody in all stuffed with themselves, enjoying the prima donna function. Vanna is as candy and unassuming as she appears,’ mentioned Pat.

‘We have seen a number of modifications in one another’s lives through the years, however we have at all times been there for one another. I wish to thank her for her beautiful goodbye on yesterday’s present, and whereas I will very a lot miss working along with her, I take solace in the truth that we reside about 5 miles aside, so we’ll see loads of one another.’

He confessed nevertheless that he would ‘miss our nightly closes and her laughter and her good nature. She’s a really particular lady. And I do know you are all happy to know that she’ll be again subsequent season.’

Pat joked that the followers would additionally ‘nonetheless see loads of me for the subsequent few months’ because of the upcoming ‘summer time reruns’ of his final season.  

‘So, the jokes would be the similar, however I would recognize it if you happen to’d snicker once more anyway,’ he mentioned. ‘That is it. Thanks all so very a lot…and goodbye.’

Vanna then crossed the stage to Pat and wrapped him in a heat embrace on digital camera, sharing a personal dialog with him drowned out by the exit music. 

Vanna then crossed the stage to Pat and wrapped him in a heat embrace on digital camera, sharing a personal dialog with him drowned out by the exit music
Pat introduced in June 2023 that his ‘great experience’ on Wheel Of Fortune could be coming to an finish this yr after his forty first season

Vanna, who joined the present only one yr after Pat did, was stuffed with emotion throughout the farewell video she launched Thursday evening.

‘I do not know methods to put into phrases what these previous 41 years have meant to me, however I will attempt,’ mentioned the tv icon.

‘Because the years have passed by, we have grown up on tv, however we have additionally shared a lot extra behind the scenes,’ she revealed.

‘And as a lot enjoyable as we had on digital camera, these reminiscences, milestones and life occasions we shared with our households exterior the studio are my favourite.’ 

Following his departure, Pat will stay concerned with the present for an additional three years as a advisor, in accordance with Sony Footage Tv’s govt vp of sport exhibits Suzanne Prete.

Vanna’s contract negotiations to return had been reportedly briefly held up, amid claims that she was angling for a better wage.

Nevertheless final September it emerged that she too had signed a deal, and can stay in her spot on Wheel Of Fortune by way of the 2025-2026 season. 

Ryan will assume Pat’s earlier internet hosting duties in September, and final yr gave an interview by which he expressed his pleasure in regards to the function.

Vanna, who joined the present only one yr after Pat did, was stuffed with emotion throughout the farewell video she launched Thursday evening
‘I do not know methods to put into phrases what these previous 41 years have meant to me, however I will attempt,’ mentioned the tv icon, pictured with Pat in 2007

‘After all, being subsequent to Vanna, she’s a legend. She’s an icon,’ he advised E! News in December. ‘We spent just a little capturing some promos for subsequent season, and she or he’s simply so right down to earth. She’s precisely what you’d count on.’ 

Ryan gushed: ‘It is simply so thrilling to consider being on that set. I’ve watched the present for therefore many a long time. I am a fan of the present, and the sport is the star.’

Pat introduced in June 2023 that his ‘great experience’ on Wheel Of Fortune could be coming to an finish this yr after his forty first season.

‘I’d reasonably go away a few years too early than a few years too late,’ he mentioned not too long ago in an interview with Maggie for Good Morning America. 

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