Pat Sajak Gives Emotional Farewell Speech to 'Wheel of Fortune' Fans, Shares How the Game 'Became More'

After over four decades at the helm of 'Wheel of Fortune,' Pat Sajak is taking his final spin on Friday, June 7.

After over four decades at the helm of Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak will take his final spin on Friday's episode of the game show. The 77-year-old beloved host bids an emotional farewell to viewers in a preview clip.

"I have a few thanks and acknowledgements before I go. And I want to start with all of you watching out there," Sajak begins while on the Wheel of Fortune set. "It's been an incredible privilege to be invited into millions of homes, night after night, decade after decade."

Sajak reflects on his responsibility to keep the long-running game show a "safe place for family fun" over his 41 seasons as host.

"No social issues. No politics. Nothing embarrassing, I hope. Just a game. But gradually it became more than that," Sajak says wistfully.

On Friday, Sajak took to X, formerly Twitter, to send a message to his fans.

Sajak announced his retirement from Wheel of Fortune in June 2023. Shortly thereafter, Ryan Seacrest was announced as Sajak's replacement, and Vanna White closed her deal to remain the show's hostess.

"I'm so excited! She's beloved, by this nation, she is just such an important part of the show. She has been for so many years," Seacrest told ET in September 2023. "I'm honored to be on stage with her soon."

Vanna White and Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune in November 1985. - NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Sajak filmed his final episode of Wheel of Fortune in April 2024. In a farewell interview with his daughter, Maggie Sajak, the host revealed his post-Wheel plans.

"I'm perfectly happy if it just means that I'll continue with my crossword puzzles and play with grandchildren. Hint hint hint, no pressure," he teased his daughter, before explaining the reason for his exit.

"I've always said to you, you've heard me say this dozens of times, 'I'd rather leave a couple years too early than a couple of years too late,'" Sajak added. "It's been a great 40 years, and I'm looking forward to whatever's ahead."