Pat Sajak Issues Emotional Farewell Message In Final “Wheel of Fortune” Episode


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The end of an era.

Growing up it was Bob Barker on Price Is Right (which you got to watch when you were sick, and then of course Victor Newman and the Young & The Restless which came on afterwards), it was Alex Trebek on Jeopardy (although I still vividly remember him being called Alec in my own Mandela Effect moment)….and it was Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune.

Three longstanding icons of an era.

Pat Sajak was the last to hold on, but as of today he has officially retired from Wheel.

Long-time “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is set to give an emotional farewell to his dedicated viewers on Friday night, marking the end of his 43-year tenure on the popular game show.

“Well, the time has come to say goodbye,” Sajak, 77, stated in a preview clip of his final remarks for Friday’s episode. “I have a few thanks and acknowledgments before I go, and I want to start with all watching out there. It’s been an incredible privilege to be invited into millions of homes night after night, year after year, decade after decade.”

“I always felt that the privilege came with the responsibility to keep this daily half-hour a safe place for family fun,” he continued. “No social issues. No politics. Nothing embarrassing, I hope. Just a game. But gradually it became more than that. A place where kids learned their letters, where people from other countries honed their English skills, where families came together along with friends and neighbors, and entire generations.

“What an honor to play even a small part in all of that,” Sajak concluded. “Thank you for allowing me into your lives.”

Watch here:

As Pat Sajak prepared to leave the show, his longtime cohost Vanna White shared a heartfelt message celebrating their years of partnership.

“I can’t believe that tomorrow is our last show together,” White expressed. “I can’t quite find the words to describe what these past 40 years have meant to me, but I will give it a try.”

She went on to say: “8000 episodes have flown by. When I first began, I was so inexperienced. You helped me feel at ease and build my confidence, Pat. You truly shaped who I am today.”

But as great and heartfelt as those moments were, let’s be honest and say that no moment will ever top this one that occurred just a few days ago.

Absolutely legendary:

Wheel Of Fortune Contestant Goes Viral After Bizarre Answer

A Wheel of Fortune contestant went viral after giving a bizarre guess to a phrase on the show.

During a recent airing of Wheel of Fortune, a man who goes by the name Tavaris was given the phrase  “_ _ _ _ I_ T_E B_ _T!” to answer.

After taking a second to think, Tavaris hit the buzzer and guessed the phrase was “Right in the butt?”

Tavaris’ answer immediately drew laughter from the crowd; host Pat Sajak, however, told Tavaris he was wrong.

Another contestant guessed the phrase correctly, which was “This is the best!”

Watch the hilarious moment here:

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— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 24, 2024

Per People:

Things are getting a little NSFW on the Wheel of Fortune!

During Thursday, May 23’s episode, a contestant named Tavaris had the audience laughing with his “Phrase” category guess — and left host Pat Sajak, 77, equally surprised in a video shared on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Contestants were left to solve the puzzle and fill in the following missing letters, “_ _ _ _ I_ T_E B_ _T!”

“Right in the butt?” Tavaris, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, guessed, seemingly unaware of the fact “right” has five letters, not four.

While the audience and his fellow contestants laughed, Sajak simply responded, “No.”

A Wheel of Fortune clip you will be seeing many times throughout the rest of your life pic.twitter.com/C6C2soweYB

— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 24, 2024

Per NBC News:

“Wheel of Fortune” just had another laugh-out-loud moment.

With longtime host Pat Sajak‘s final episode fast approaching, the May 23 episode started off with a hilarious moment when a contestant named Tavaris made a daring guess when solving a “Phrase” puzzle.

As the letters appeared on the board, he said, “Right in the butt!” before making an “oops” face.

“What?!” a stunned fellow contestant said as the audience gasped and laughed.

‘Wheel of Fortune” contestant makes an INSANE guess. 😭‼️ pic.twitter.com/LXVSTW4F8s

— DramaAlert (@DramaAlert) May 24, 2024

Many people were comparing this moment to an absolutely CLASSIC moment from the old Newlyweds game.

Does anyone remember this?

Stay classy now!

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