Pat Sajak surprised fans when he gave this update about his next move

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After more than 40 years as the face of the long-running game show, Pat Sajak recently hosted his final episode of Wheel of Fortune.

Now he’s ready for the next chapter of his life after leaving TV.

And Pat Sajak surprised fans when he gave this update about his next move.

Sajak says goodbye to Wheel of Fortune fans

Pat Sajak concluded his time as host of Wheel of Fortune in a heartfelt final episode that included a touching goodbye to fans.

“Well, the time has come to say goodbye,” Sajak said. “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.”

The long-time host acknowledged the impact the show had on audiences’ lives.

“I always felt that the privilege came with the responsibility to keep this daily half-hour a safe place for family fun,” Sajak continued. “No social issues, no politics, nothing embarrassing I hope, just a game.”

Sajak spent more than 8,000 episodes as the show’s host beginning in 1981. 

“But gradually it became more than that,” Sajak added. “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.”

Sajak won’t be too far away from the show, though – he agreed to remain as a consultant for three more years.

Sajak has new job lined up post-Wheel

Sajak’s first gig after leaving behind Wheel of Fortune is taking him to sunny Hawaii.

The 77-year-old is set to join his long-time friend, Hawaiian newscaster Joe Moore, for the play Prescription: Murder.

Sajak and Moore are going to star in the play that will run next summer at the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu.

They’ve been friends dating back to their time in the Army when they worked together in Saigon at the American Forces Vietnam Network in 1968.

“Pat Sajak, just retired as host of the popular Wheel of Fortune game show following 41 seasons, and his long-time buddy Joe Moore return to the Hawaii Theatre Center main stage in 2025, starring in William Link and Richard Levinson’s original Columbo mystery thriller, Prescription: Murder, with all of the net proceeds for the show going to support the Hawaii Theatre Center,” the theater stated on its website.

Moore is an institution in Hawaii, having been on TV there since 1969.

Sajak has performed in nine plays with his friend over the years.

The former Wheel of Fortune host will play a psychiatrist who plans to kill his wife with the help of his mistress and has an LAPD detective in hot pursuit of him.

The TV series Columbo was inspired by the play.

Pat Sajak is heading to paradise for a major change of pace as he ventures into life after Wheel of Fortune.