‘Wheel of Fortune’: Here’s How Long Pat Sajak Says He Wants to Continue Hosting the Show

by Josh Lanier

Pat Sajak has been at the wheel of Wheel of Fortune since 1981. He holds the Guinness World Record for most game shows hosted. And he’s one of television’s most familiar faces. This leads a lot of people to wonder if he’s planning on retiring anytime soon.

The 74-year-old told Good Morning America in 2019 that he felt he had a “couple years” left at Wheel of Fortune.

“I’m not getting any younger. A couple of years,” he said of the show. “You know what I’m really sensitive about? I’d rather leave a couple years too early than a couple years too late. … I don’t have a date in mind, but two, three [years], something like that.”

However, earlier this year, Sajak and Vanna White discussed retirement with Access Hollywood. Sajak noted that they would “probably walk off into the sunset at the same time.”

Though, White, 64, made clear that it wouldn’t be “anytime soon.”

Sajak added that it wouldn’t be this calendar year.

So, Sajak will remain at the helm at least through 2021, but he’s not made any promises past that.

Sajak: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ A Part of Families’ Lives

Pat Sajak told Good Morning America in that 2019 interview that he realizes what the show means to a lot of people. He had then recently returned from emergency stomach surgery and was reflecting on his time on the show. And his interaction with fans.

He’s not glib or passive about it either, he said. He’s been told over the year’s the Wheel of Fortune has been a part of families’ lives, sometimes for generations.

“I’m not a young man and I’ve still been doing it over half my life. As I get older … I now appreciate more than ever what Wheel of Fortune means,” he said. “I don’t mean to make too much of it, it’s a game show, I understand. But it’s very evocative,” he said. “People identify the show with raising families, with watching it with their grandmother. People come up to me almost every day and say, ‘I just lost my grandmother and my fondest memory was sitting with her, watching your show,’ or, ‘My kids learned the alphabet from your show.'”