Wheel Of Fortune’s Pat Sajak celebrates his 40th year hosting the beloved game show
Pat Sajak solidified his reign as the longest-running host of any game show as he celebrated 40 years of work on the iconic American TV show Wheel Of Fortune on Tuesday.
The beloved 75-year-old television personality began hosting the Hangman-inspired show back in 1981 when it first aired on network daytime television.
Sajak celebrated the big milestone by sending out a tweet to remind his fans just how long he’s been on air.
Staying power: Pat Sajak, 75, solidified his reign as the longest-running host of any game show as he celebrated 40 years of work on the American TV show Wheel Of Fortune on Tuesday
The host went down memory lane in the nostalgic Tweet writing, ‘When I started hosting “Wheel” (with Susan Stafford) on this date 40 years ago, the top 10 TV shows included “Dallas,” “Three’s Company,” “The Jeffersons” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Ronald Reagan was in his 1st year as president. Number 1 song: Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.”‘
His daughter, Maggie Sajak, who is a social correspondent for the show, also took to social media to celebrate the historic achievement.
The proud offspring wrote on Twitter, ‘Happy 40th Wheel-iversary to this guy! On this day in 1981, @patsajak hosted his very first episode of @WheelofFortune…and the rest is history!’
Throwback: The beloved television personality began hosting the show back in 1981 when it first aired on network daytime television; Pictured with co-host Vanna White, 64, in 1983
The wheel: An estimated 26M viewers tune into Wheel of Fortune every week
Wheel of Fortune originally began in 1975 as a daytime series on NBC with host Chuck Woolery.
In 1981 Sajak replaced Woolery and started hosting the show with Susan Stafford. When she left in 1982, she was replaced by Vanna White, 64, who still co-hosts the show as a letter-turner to this day.
In September of this year Sajak and White signed a new deal to remain on the game show through 2024.
Best duo: White joined Sajak on the show in 1982. She still co-hosts the show as a letter-turner to this day; Pictured in season 10
However, the two co-hosts have discussed their eventual departure from the show and how they would like it to look.
Last January Sajak told Access Hollywood, ‘We’ll probably walk off in the sunset at the same time.’
And while speaking to Entertainment Tonight in September, Sajak revealed that he would like to exit the stage in the next 10 years.
‘We’re certainly closer to the end than the beginning. I’d like to leave before people tune in and look at me and say, “Ooh, what happened to him?” I wouldn’t bet on seeing us in, like, 10 years, I would say.’
Together till the end: The two co-hosts have discussed their eventual departure from the show, with Sajak saying, ‘We’ll probably walk off in the sunset at the same time.’ The duo pictured at Wheel of Fortune’s 35th Anniversary on Oct 10, 2017 in Orlando, Florida
Sajak – born Patrick Leonard Sajdak – has received 19 nominations for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, and won three of them.
He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2011.
An estimated 26M viewers tune into Wheel of Fortune every week and they’ve awarded around $250M in cash and prizes since its inception.
Four decades of fortune: The show has awarded around $250M in cash and prizes since its inception