Pat Sajak Leaves ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Fans Heartbroken After His Retirement News on Twitter

Get ready to grab those tissues, folks. After gracing television screens for over four decades, Pat Sajak has announced his retirement from hosting Wheel of Fortune.

The veteran game show host sent shockwaves through fans on June 12 with a surprise announcement on Twitter. In his viral tweet, Pat disclosed his decision to step down after the upcoming 2023-2024 season, set to kick off later this fall. This significant moment marks the end of his tenure as host of Wheel of Fortune, a role he assumed in 1981.

“It’s time,” he wrote. “I’ve made the decision that our 41st season, starting in September, will be my last. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’ll share more thoughts in the months ahead. Thank you all. (At the very least, it’ll give the clickbait sites something to talk about!)

With Pat having been a fixture on the show for nearly half a century, fans wasted no time expressing their gratitude for his contributions over the years. Some couldn’t help but feel a twinge of emotion at the news.

“Noooooo! That’s me selfishly begging you to stay! But of course, you deserve an amazing retirement. Thank you for being a national treasure, sir! ❤️,” one Twitter user lamented. “Congratulations on a job well done! You deserve this!” echoed another. “You’re the best, Pat. You’ve shaped the show into what it is today! Thank you,” chimed in a different follower.

While Pat’s retirement looms, he won’t be disappearing from the Wheel of Fortune universe just yet. According to an official statement from Suzanne Prete, EVP of Game Shows at Sony Pictures Television, Pat will transition to a new role behind the scenes after bidding farewell to the stage.

“As the host of Wheel of Fortune, Pat has captivated millions of viewers across America for an incredible 40 years,” Prete remarked. “We are immensely grateful and proud to have had Pat as our host throughout this time, and we eagerly anticipate honoring his remarkable career in the upcoming season.”

She further revealed, “Pat has agreed to remain a consultant on the show for three years following his final season as host. We’re thrilled to have him continue his close association with the Wheel of Fortune family.”

Moreover, Pat hinted at his departure during a conversation with Entertainment Tonight in September 2022, offering clues to his impending exit months before the official announcement. “We’re reaching the end,” he disclosed. “It’s been quite a ride. We’re not going to do this for another 40 years. The end is near. It’s been an honor to be welcomed into people’s homes for so long. We’re grateful and proud.