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"Wheel of Fortune" Host Pat Sajak Returns from Retirement!

“Wheel of Fortune” Host Pat Sajak Returns from Retirement!

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Just one month after Pat Sajak signed off as the longtime host of Wheel of Fortune, he announced a comeback.

On July 10, ABC shared that Pat will be coming out of retirement this fall to host the next season of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.

In a press release, the network wrote that Pat Sajak will helm the wheel beginning Oct. 7, and the season will be his “final spin” with the franchise.

The iconic game show host took over for the original Wheel of Fortune host, Chuck Woolery, in 1981 and remained on the series for 41 straight years. He had planned on retiring from television following the June 7th installment of Wheel of Fortune.

“Well, the time has come to say goodbye,” he said during the final moments of the show. “I have a few thanks and acknowledgments before I go. And I want to start with all of you watching out there. It’s been an incredible privilege to be invited into millions of homes night after night, year after year, decade after decade.”

A few weeks after Pat’s finale, ABC announced that Ryan Seacrest would take his place on Wheel of Fortune when Season 24 kicks off

“I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak,” Ryan wrote on Instagram after the news broke. “I can say, along with the rest of America, that it’s been a privilege and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them.”

“Pat, I love the way you’ve always celebrated the contestants and made viewers at home feel at ease,” he added. “I look forward to learning everything I can from you during this transition.”

You can watch Ryan’s freshman year on Wheel of Fortune weeknights on ABC beginning in September. Check your local listings for times.

Pat Sajak’s Celebrity Wheel of Fortune will air on Monday nights on ABC at 9/8 C.

Source: ABC, Ryan Seacrest Instagram