‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Explained Ambitions, How Show is as ‘Good’ as Show Business Gets

by Joe Rutland

“Wheel of Fortune” loves to take its show on the road. Even back in 1999, Pat Sajak and Vanna White were entertaining fans in Florida.

Well, it was during one of the show’s trips to Universal Studios in Florida that Sajak sat down for an interview.

Sajak was interviewed by WFTV’s Marla Weech during her “One To One” segment on the station’s newscast. While they talk about “Wheel of Fortune” being in Florida, Weech asks him about career ambitions. Again, this was back in 1999, more than 20 years ago.

“I don’t have any unfulfilled ambitions in my career,” Sajak said. “I mean I recognize that this is as good as it gets and it’s pretty good.

“When I go, I hope it’ll be decades from now,” Sajak said. “The first line of my obituary will contain the phrase ‘host of Wheel of Fortune for X number of years’ and that’s not a bad way to go out.”

Sajak is still hosting “Wheel of Fortune” and has been doing so since 1981 when he was picked by show creator Merv Griffin. White has been with the show since 1982. Both were involved with the NBC network show and have been on the nighttime syndicated version for nearly four decades.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Talks About Fun Part Of Being A Celebrity

Of course, pretty much everybody knows who Pat Sajak is and has seen his face on “Wheel of Fortune” or in a clip from the show.

He’s also hosted his own TV talk show for a period of time. He served in the United States military as a radio broadcaster in Vietnam.

Still, one might wonder what is fun about being a celebrity. People hear and read about the trials and tribulations of so many in the public eye. It must be really awful to be a celebrity at times. Well, Sajak has his own opinion on the fun part of being one.

Sajak talked about it in a 2013 interview with Seth Stutman of Mass Appeal. Being a celebrity lets him, well, approach other celebrities.

“What’s fun for me – when you’re on television for a long time you become part of this celebrity club,” Sajak said. “So, if you’re out somewhere and you see someone you really know and admire you can go up and say, ‘Hi.’ And, chances are they know you as well.”

Well, there’s something to be said for having fun as a celebrity. Just ask Pat Sajak