‘Wheel of Fortune’ legend Pat Sajak tapes final episode of iconic game show; air date announced

It’s the end of an era for longtime “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak, and for fans of the iconic game show.

According to Deadline, Sajak’s final episode, which he hosted for more than 40 years, will air on Friday, June 7. The farewell episode was recorded on Friday.

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Pat Sajak first announced his retirement in June 2023. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)

In June 2023, Sajak announced that he would be leaving the show.

“Now, the time has come,” Sajak wrote in a statement. “I’ve decided that my 41st season starting in September will be my last. It’s been a great season and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Thank you everyone. (If nothing else, clickbait The site gets busy!).

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Pat Sajak and Vanna White on the set of 'Wheel of Fortune'

Sajak began hosting “Wheel of Fortune” in 1982 with Vanna White. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)

In 1975, the game show premiered with Chuck Woolley and Susan Stafford as hosts. It wasn’t until his 1982 that Sajak and Vanna White joined him as co-hosts.

Following the news of Sajak’s departure, Vanna White wrote, “Who could have imagined when we started @WheelofFortune that we would still be around after 41 seasons? We’ve been with you guys for years. I couldn’t be happier to share the stage with you.” There’s one more thing. Cheers, @patsajak!”

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The final episode of Sajak was recorded on Friday, April 5th. (Ron Tom/NBCU Photobank)

In September 2022, Sajak overtook former “Price is Right” host Bob Barker to become the game show’s longest-running host, having helmed the show for 40 years.

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In addition to setting this record, he has been nominated for 23 Daytime Emmy Awards, winning three of them, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received a star on the 2011 Daytime Emmy Award. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmy Awards.

A week after Sajak’s news was announced, it was announced that Ryan Seacrest would be taking over as host for season 42.