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Vanna White bids emotional farewell to Pat Sajak on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Friday’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune” marked the end of the era for one of television’s most enduring duos.

Ahead of Pat Sajak’s final spin presiding over the long-running game show, Vanna White — his co-host of 41 years — bid an emotional farewell.

“As the years have gone by, we’ve grown up on television. But we’ve also shared so much more behind the scenes,” she said in a video tribute featuring photos and clips of the pair dating back to the 1980s.

“We’ve watched our children grow up together, we’ve traveled all over the world, we’ve eaten hundreds of meals together,” she added, calling those memories and milestones outside the studio her “favorite.”

“What an incredible and unforgettable journey we’ve had, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it with you,” she said holding back tears. “As this chapter of our lives is coming to an end, I know you’ll still be close by. You’re like a brother to me and I consider you a true lifelong friend who I will always adore. I love you, Pat.”

Season 41 of the iconic primetime puzzle game ended with Friday’s episode.

Last June, Sajak took to social media to share that “the time has come” for him to move on from “Wheel.”

“It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months,” the 77-year-old said about his upcoming retirement. “Many thanks to you all.”

Two weeks later, longtime “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was named as Sajak’s replacement, beginning in season 42.

“I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak,” Seacrest tweeted at the time. “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.”

Sajak isn’t planning to rest on his laurels now that his decades-long gig is over.

Earlier this week, it was announced he’d already landed his next project — a starring role in a stage production of “Prescription: Murder” at the Hawaii Theatre, scheduled to run from July 31 to Aug. 10, 2025, in downtown Honolulu.


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