with a longtime host Pat Sajak set to say goodbye wheel of fortune At the end of the next season of the popular game show, his replacement was officially announced. In the days after Sajak announced that he would be letting go after hosting for the 41st season wheel of fortuneRumors arose about it American Idol hosts Ryan Seacrest was on the job. Now, on THR, Seacrest has been confirmed as Sajak’s successor.
We are thrilled that Ryan will be the next host of wheel of fortuneRavi Ahuja, President of Sony Pictures Worldwide Television Studios, said in a statement. Ryan loves wheel as much as we do and he’s the perfect person to carry the show’s success over four decades into the future.”
Suzanne Pretty, executive vice president of game programming at Sony Pictures Television, added: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Pat and Vanna for many years, witnessing their effortless ability to bring joy and humor to… wheel of fortune for decades. Pat has been an amazing host and helped build the show into the success it is today. Although Ryan has some big shoes to fill, I’m confident he’ll connect with our loyal fan base and excite a whole new audience as we expand on the show’s great legacy. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Seacrest also says, “I am truly humbled to be walking in the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak. I can say, along with the rest of America, that it is an honor and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, make us smile every night and feel… Feels like home with her.One of my first jobs was hosting a little game show called click For Merv Griffin 25 years ago, this is truly a complete moment for me and I’m grateful to Sony for allowing me this opportunity. I can’t wait to continue the tradition of spinning the wheel and working alongside the great Vanna White.”
Of course, one of the big questions fans have is whether or not Vanna White really plans to stay with the series after Sajak leaves at the end of next season. A recent report suggests that she’s looking to stay, but with a pay raise, as she hasn’t seen her spot on the game show increase in 18 years. White will likely move on if she doesn’t get the bump she’s looking for, as she’s previously talked about how weird it is to be a co-host for someone other than Sajak.
“I can not imagine [a new host]White told People last year before Sajak announced his impending retirement. Everyone is connected wheel of fortune To Pat and Vanna. We’re like Ken and Barbie, you know? We’ve been in everyone’s homes for 40 years, so it would be weird for someone else to change my messages.”
Wheel of Fortune is restarting in the UK
Meanwhile, it has just been revealed wheel of fortune It is being rebooted in the UK as well. Previously, the show aired on ITV from 1988 to 2001. THR reports that a new version of the game show is coming soon with Graham Norton serve as the host.
“I am so excited to bring such a popular American show to a new British audience,” Norton, hosting The Graham Norton Show, says from the news. “My first ever TV job was a game show on ITV so it feels like I’ve come full circle. You could even call it a wheel!”