The longtime host has been at the helm of the popular game show since the early ’80s. Sajak and his co-star Vanna White have hosted Wheel of Fortune together for right at four decades now. The pair have been a constant on television and have each become household names during their long careers.
Sajak has seen a lot of things change over the years since he became a game show host. One of the biggest changes in recent decades is how the world has shifted and changed since the internet has become widely available. For the past two decades, we have become more connected globally than ever in the history of mankind.
Yet some things aren’t always a blessing when it comes to technological advancements. In fact, the Wheel of Fortune host amusingly pinpointed what he considers to be a negative effect of social media. He referenced how much people used to hate home movies back in the day.
From the 1970s to 1990s, camcorders became all the rage. Video cameras were made affordable to capture people’s everyday lives. Whether family activities, vacations, or other special events, they were filmed and then later viewed at home on a projector or television. Sajak joked that back then, the “worst possible thing” you could ask someone is if they wanted to come over and watch their home movies.
Yet now Sajak is baffled by a similar phenomenon. Since everyone has cameras in their pocket on their cell phones, some people take pictures and record almost everything in their life. The Wheel of Fortune host finds it ironic since it’s the modern-day version of sharing home movies.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Jokingly Reveals His Next Job After Retiring From the Game Show
A couple of weeks ago, the Wheel of Fortune host was in another joking mood when he posted on Twitter. Except this time he was kidding around about his next line of work after he retires from the game show.
Like previously mentioned, the 74-year-old has been the host of Wheel for 40 years now. Sajak began the hosting gig in 1981, and still has the Guinness World Record for most game shows hosted. He’s a mainstay of television viewing for many fans, similar to host Alex Trebek’s legacy on Jeopardy! up until his November death last year.
Sajak isn’t ready to hang up his hosting duties just yet, but the Wheel of Fortune host has opened up about retirement in recent years. In 2019, Sajak made an appearance on Good Morning America and shared that he had a “couple years” left at least.
“I’m not getting any younger. A couple of years,” Sajak said on GMA. “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.”
The host has no set date in mind, and hasn’t revealed specific retirement plans. But on June 25 he was looking ahead to his post-Wheel of Fortune career, even though it was in a joking manner.
“Might get into IT work or politics after Wheel. In preparation for each, I’m learning to code and taking a gibberish course,” host Pat Sajak hilariously tweeted.