• 'Wheel of Fortune' loses Pat Sajak
  • New host Ryan Seacrest takes the helm
  • THIS was his touching tribute 

In a heartfelt tribute, Ryan Seacrest, the multi-talented host and producer, celebrates Pat Sajak's incredible journey as the host of 'Wheel of Fortune.' With Sajak stepping down, Seacrest prepares to bring his charm to the iconic show, marking the start of a new chapter in one of TV's biggest shows.

Ryan's kind words

"Pat, congratulations on an incredible run with 'Wheel of Fortune'!" With these words, Ryan Seacrest took to Instagram to honor Pat Sajak's remarkable 40-year tenure on the show. Seacrest's post, filled with admiration and respect, highlighted Sajak's dedication, charm, and wit that made the show a staple of American television.

The Atlanta native said he's studied the rule book and been to watch Sajak and White do the show and he "just can't wait to start."

"I talked to them both about, what's the best part of 'Wheel of Fortune,'" he said. "And [they say] it's the contestants every night winning cash and prizes. I mean, that's what it's all about."

The dynamic duo of Sajak and Vanna White was lauded as "nothing short of iconic," creating "countless wonderful memories for viewers."

As Sajak prepares to say goodbye, the spotlight turns to Ryan Seacrest, who is all set to step into the role of host. Ryan is all set to takeover as the host of the show after Pat’s retirement, as it was announced after the news was revealed.

"I'm truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak," Seacrest said at the time, according to 'Entertainment Weekly.'

"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."

Seacrest's takeover comes with high expectations and a promise to honor the show's storied past while bringing his unique flair to the stage.

Fans are buzzing with anticipation to see how Seacrest will make the show his own, all while keeping the essence that has made 'Wheel of Fortune' a beloved family tradition.

When fans learned Pat planned to exit the hit game show after 41 years as host — with Ryan slated to replace him — back in June 2023, many were concerned about how the show would fare without him emceeing the series. 

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As Ryan Seacrest prepares to lead 'Wheel of Fortune' into its next chapter, the entertainment world watches with bated breath. Will he capture the hearts of America just as Pat Sajak did? Only time will tell.

But one thing is for sure: the legacy of 'Wheel of Fortune' is in capable hands, ready to spin into the future.