Pat Sajak: iconic “Wheel of Fortune” host, dedicated father and husband, Vietnam veteran, and… poetry aficionado? Apparently so. The longtime game show host closed Wednesday’s episode by reciting a classic poem to celebrate summer’s return.
Vanna White and Pat Sajak never fail to close episodes of “Wheel of Fortune” with a nice moment. And what better way to bring on the month of June than by offering poetry as tribute?
“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, and over it softly her warm ear lays; whether we look, or whether we listen, we hear life murmur, or see it glisten,” Sajak recited. “That’s all. Good night.”
It would be pretty cool if the “Wheel of Fortune” host was a literary genius in addition to his talent for broadcasting. But he didn’t write the poem. The segment Pat Sajak recited comes from an epic titled “The Vision of Sir Launfal” by the late American poet James Russell Lowell. The full poem is considerably long. It tells the tale of a knight in search of the Holy Grail.
The stanza Pat Sajak spoke for the “Wheel of Fortune” audience is particularly famous, and many will have crossed its path at some point or another. But entertained as we were to hear Sajak launch into a poem, Vanna White looked even more delighted.
She seemed surprised by the unexpectedly beautiful moment. She let out an amazed “wow” before she wished the audience a good night. Even after nearly 40 years together on “Wheel of Fortune,” the pair are still full of surprises.
The Future of Pat Sajak and Vanna White on ‘Wheel of Fortune’
As the longest-tenured game show host of all time, Pat Sajak has already accomplished plenty. But what’s in store for the longtime “Wheel of Fortune” announcer?
In 2018, Pat Sajak and Vanna White signed contracts with Sony Pictures Television to continue working on the show through 2022. That doesn’t mean they’ll be done at that point, though. The possibility for a new contract always exists. But at 74 years young, how much longer does Pat even want to continue working?
Well, he’s on record saying no longer than 10 more years, which would put him squarely in the Bob Barker retirement age range. We also know that Vanna and Pat are a packaged deal. So when one of them goes, they likely both will.