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Longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is leaving the show after 40 years
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Longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is leaving the show after 40 years

It's the end of an era.

The Wheel of Fortune wouldn't be the same without Pat Sajak.

However, the long-running American TV game show will have to find its way without the legendary host.

Sajak has revealed he will no longer host the incredible series after 40 years in the top spot.

He's revealed to his followers on Twitter that the upcoming 41st season will be his curtain call.

"Well, the time has come," he said.

"I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last.

"It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months.

"Many thanks to you all. (If nothing else, it’ll keep the clickbait sites busy!)"

It's unclear who will take over Sajak's position after the 41st season has aired, however you can imagine how big the shoes will be to fill.

Pat joined the show in 1981 and has won three Emmy Awards during his tenure on the series. He's also since earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He got a job as a radio announcer after being shipped off to Vietnam in the late '60s.

When he was discharged, he joined a local radio station in Nashville, where he became the host and weatherman.

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He was spotted by a talent scout for a Los Angeles-based TV station and was eventually hired as a weatherman in 1977.

Four years later, he was hand-picked to be the host of Wheel of Fortune.

Pat said in a statement on the show's website: "I was very lucky in that I always knew that I wanted to be in broadcasting.

"My early heroes were people like Arthur Godfrey, Dave Garroway, Steve Allen and, especially, Jack Paar.

"They helped shape what a television personality was, paving the way for so many others."

People were devastated by the news that Pat would be stepping down.

One fans said: "Wow - never thought this day would come even though logically it’s inevitable. You, Vanna & the Wheel are an institution. It will be an end of an era. But we have one more season so it’s too early to say goodbye."

Another added: "Some of my fondest memories were of watching you and Vanna and Wheel of Fortune with My Mom (RIP). You brought much happiness to many people."

A third wrote: "You’re a national treasure! Hope I see you during the final run!"

Topics: Film and TV, Celebrity