Pat Sajak will retire from ‘Wheel of Fortune’ after more than 4 decades as host

Pat Sajak announces his retirement from hosting “Wheel of Fortune” after more than four decades, with the upcoming 41st season as his last.

Announcement details: Sajak, 76, announced his decision to retire from the popular game show via a tweet on Monday.
* He has hosted “Wheel of Fortune” since 1981 and will continue to serve as a consultant on the show for three years after his retirement as host.

Show’s history: Sajak took over hosting duties from Chuck Woolery in 1981, with Vanna White joining the show a year later in 1982.
* The show soon moved to syndication and aired in the evening, becoming one of the most successful game shows in history.

Reactions to retirement: Suzanne Prete, executive vice president of game shows for Sony Pictures Television, expressed gratitude and pride in having Sajak as the host for 40 years and looks forward to celebrating his outstanding career during the upcoming season.

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