Ryan Seacrest has been named the following host of “Wheel of Fortune,” succeeding Pat Sajak. The information was confirmed in a press release on Seacrest’s Instagram web page.
“I am actually humbled to be getting into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak,” Seacrest stated. “I can say, together with the remainder of America, that it has been a privilege and pure pleasure to look at Pat and Vanna on our tv screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile each evening and really feel proper at dwelling with them.”
Sajak revealed his planned exit from “Wheel of Fortune” on June 12, so this was a surprisingly fast announcement, particularly in comparison with what occurred when “Jeopardy!” wanted to discover a new host. After Alex Trebek died in 2020, the quiz present introduced in a sequence of visitor hosts over the course of months earlier than lastly saying a succession plan in August 2021 — just for one of many new hosts, Mike Richards, to instantly resign in shame after offensive podcast feedback resurfaced. “Wheel” and “Jeopardy!” are each produced by Sony.
The timing labored out for Seacrest, as he introduced his exit from “Stay With Kelly and Ryan” in February. He has additionally served as host of “American Idol” and recreation exhibits like “The Million Second Quiz” and “Click on.” However Seacrest will not be taking up till 2024, as Sajak is returning for one final season.
In his Instagram submit, Seacrest stated he is “grateful to Sony for the chance” and “cannot wait to proceed the custom of spinning the wheel and dealing alongside the good Vanna White.” His assertion implied White will return to the present, and Puck lately reported she is negotiating to remain on after her present deal ends.
When he introduced his retirement, Sajak informed followers that “the time has come,” including, “It has been an exquisite experience, and I am going to have extra to say within the coming months. Many because of you all.”