Ryan Seacrest Taking Over ‘Wheel of Fortune’ As Pat Sajak’s Replacement
Ryan Seacrest is set to become the new host of “Wheel of Fortune.”
The “American Idol” personality shared the news on social media Tuesday, writing — “I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak. I can say, along with the rest of America, that it’s been a privilege and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna [White] on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them.”
The 48-year-old spoke directly to the game show’s longtime host, Pat Sajak, adding — “Pat, I love the way you’ve always celebrated the contestants and made viewers at home feel at ease.”
He continued — “I look forward to learning everything I can from you during this transition. Many people probably don’t know this but one of my first jobs was hosting a little game show called ‘Click’ for Merv Griffin 25 years ago so this is truly a full circle moment for me and I’m grateful to Sony for the opportunity.”
Ryan Seacrest concluded — “I can’t wait to continue the tradition of spinning the wheel and working alongside the great Vanna White.”
Sajak, 76, announced that he was leaving the popular show in 2024, earlier this month.
“Well, the time has come,” Sajak wrote on Twitter on June 12. “I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last.”
“It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months,” he continued. “Many thanks to you all. (If nothing else, it’ll keep the clickbait sites busy!)”
Sajak has hosted “Wheel of Fortune” since its nighttime debut in 1983. He hosted the daytime version from 1981-1989. Vanna White, 66, joined the game show in 1982.
Ryan Seacrest announced in February that he was leaving his successful stint on daytime chat show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” after hosting for six years. He taped his final episode on April.
He shared that he would be ending his time on LIVE to move back to Los Angeles, where he would continue his role on “American Idol.”
The TV personality has been hosting the singing competition series for 21 seasons and also hosts iHeartRadio’s “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” His radio show premiered in 2004 and was nationally syndicated in 2008.
Ryan Seacrest began hosting “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” in 2009, and took on full executive producer and hosting duties after Dick Clark’s death, in 2012.