Skip to main content
Tags: vanna white | pat sajak | wheel of fortune | ryan seacrest

'Wheel of Fortune': Vanna White Bids Emotional Goodbye to Pat Sajak

Thursday, 06 June 2024 06:04 PM EDT

Ahead of Pat Sajak's final episode as the host of "Wheel of Fortune," Vanna White paid an emotional tribute to her co-host of more than 40 years.

On Thursday's episode of the beloved game show, White honored Sajak's work and their friendship with a video segment that featured clips and photos tracing their collaboration from the 1980s to the present.

"As this chapter of our lives is coming to an end, I know you'll still be close by. You're like a brother to me and I consider you a true lifelong friend who I will always adore," she said. "I love you, Pat."

White said that while their long-running work collaboration has been significant to her — noting that he made her feel "so comfortable and so confident" when she started — their personal friendship has meant much more.

"As much fun as we had on camera, those memories, milestones and life events we shared with our families outside the studio are my favorite," she said, seeming to hold back tears. "We've watched our children grow up together, we've traveled all over the world, we've eaten hundreds of meals together. We've laughed, we've cried, we've celebrated."

After the prerecorded video segment ended, Sajak and White shared a hug on stage.

Sajak and White have been one of television's most iconic duos since they started working on "Wheel of Fortune" together in 1982, when the show first aired in syndication. They have appeared in over 8,000 episodes together, with Sajak leading the contestants through the game and White famously turning the letters on the puzzle board.

Sajak announced his retirement in June 2023, making the 41st season of the show his last. White extended her contract in September through the 2025-2026 season and will help shepherd Sajak's replacement, Ryan Seacrest, through his first two seasons at the helm.

When Seacrest was announced as Sajak's successor, Seacrest said in a statement he was "truly humbled" to take over.

"I can say, along with the rest of America, that it's been a privilege and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them," Seacrest said.

Sajak's final episode will air Friday.

Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.


US
Ahead of Pat Sajak's final episode as the host of "Wheel of Fortune," Vanna White paid an emotional tribute to her co-host of more than 40 years.
vanna white, pat sajak, wheel of fortune, ryan seacrest
375
2024-04-06
Thursday, 06 June 2024 06:04 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved