Sajak, 75, did not indicate whether he has concrete plans to retire soon.
LOS ANGELES – Pete Sajak, the 40-year-old host of “Wheel of Fortune,” recently hinted that his time on the show may be coming to an end soon.
“The years are flying by. We’re nearing the end. It’s been a long time. [time]. We won’t do that for another 40 years. “The end is near.” Sajak said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight Published on Thursday. “… It was an honor to be in people’s living rooms for so long. People were welcoming us there. We are happy and proud.”
Sajak, 75, did not indicate whether he has concrete plans to retire soon. As the hosting legend has made similar comments in previous interviews, it’s unclear exactly how “close” the end might be. As part of the recent contract renewalhe and co-host Vanna White are set to stay with the show at least through the 2023-2024 season.
Sajak, however, commented on the show’s longevity — it has been on the air since its premiere in 1975.
“With most television shows up to this point, you would have said, ‘That’s probably enough,’ but this show won’t die,” he joked, adding, “Looks like I’m going to go before the show.”
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“Whale” is the longest-running syndicated game show in America and has inspired several spin-offs. One of them is “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune,” which will premiere its third season on September 25.
White told Entertainment Tonight that he is most excited for rapper Snoop Dogg’s appearance in the celebrity spinoff. Sajak, however, is still hoping someone else will eventually sign on as a contestant: Meryl Streep. It’s also a wish he’s shared in past interviews.
“That’s all I want, but she won’t come because she finds out you can’t win an Oscar for her,” he joked.