Sony Pictures Television announced that Ryan Seacrest will take over as the new host of the popular game show “Wheel of Fortune” starting in 2024.
Pat Sajack’s Replacement For Coveted Host Position
Ryan Seacrest, a 48-year-old accomplished TV personality is adding “Wheel of Fortune” to his impressive resume, as he announced Tuesday that he will replace longtime host Pat Sajak, 76, when he retires next year.
This news comes a few months after Seacrest left “Live!” after six years as Kelly Ripa’s co-host to focus on hosting “American Idol.”
In a news release, Sony confirmed Seacrest’s appointment and said that he will also serve as a consulting producer on the show.
“We are ecstatic to have Ryan as the next host of Wheel of Fortune. Ryan loves Wheel as much as we do and is the perfect person to continue the show’s four-decade success into the future,” said Ravi Ahuja, the chairman of global television studios at Sony Pictures.
Seacrest has signed a multi-year agreement with the show and will also serve as a consulting producer.
The show has been a primetime TV staple alongside “Jeopardy.
Ryan Seacrest Talks About New Gig
On Tuesday, he reacted to his new job, alongside letter-turner Vanna White:
“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 on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them. Pat, I love the way you’ve always celebrated the contestants and made viewers at home feel at ease. I look forward to learning everything I can from you during this transition.”
Pat Sajak and Vanna White – The Perfect Duo
Sajak and White have been a fixture of the Emmy-winning game show for four decades, making them one of the longest-serving hosts in the game show category.
During his tenure hosting “Wheel of Fortune” alongside letter turner Vanna White, Sajak has won the Daytime Emmy for outstanding game show host three times, with 19 total nominations. While Sajak will no longer be the face of “Wheel,” which he’d steered since 1981, Sony Pictures Television confirmed that he will continue a partnership with the program as a consultant.
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