Hosting Wheel of Fortune is a pretty sweet gig – if you can get it. Pat Sajak earns around $14 million annually for watching contestants hand out a colorful wheel while his co-host Vanna White does all the legwork. And he’s been earning a lot of money with it since 1981. He even set a Guinness World Record for hosting the same game show longer than anyone else.
Besides the pay, the working hours are not too bad. While Wheel Watchers try to solve puzzles five nights a week, Sajak and White film much less frequently. “We’re going our separate ways and we don’t see each other for two weeks,” Sajak said of White in an interview with the Television Academy Foundation. “Every marriage in America would be successful if lived like this.”
But no matter how easy the task, some viewers think Sajak might tire of the game. “I have a feeling Pat Sajak is just over the moon,” one Wheel Watcher tweeted. “Pat Sajak has to retire. He’s turned into a cranky old man, and who wants to see that? Pat we will remember the good years and we will try to forget the shows you were bad on,” wrote another. Well, according to the host, he might take that advice sooner rather than later.
Pat Sajak believes Wheel of Fortune will continue without him
After four decades on The Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak is finally considering throwing in the towel. “We are nearing the end. It was long ago [time]. We won’t be doing this in 40 years. The end is near,” he told ET. But he doesn’t think the show will end if he decides to retire. “It seems I can go before the show,” he joked. According to USA Today, his current contract ends in 2024, as does Vanna White, so viewers won’t be saying goodbye to the co-hosts any time soon.
While Pat may be considering stepping down as host, his relationship with the game show is stronger than ever — he’s now a consulting producer, and his daughter Maggie Sajak has joined the Wheel of Fortune family as a social media correspondent.
But in recent years, Pat has taken some heat on his treatment of contestants, like when he appeared to mock a man with a lisp in 2021, per Vice. As reported by The US Sun, he further outraged viewers in April when he asked White, “Have you ever seen an opera in the buff?” bad situation.” And in response to a photo of Pat posing with controversial far-right politician Marjorie Taylor Greene, some disappointed viewers have vowed to stop watching the show.