File this one under “Is there any job Ryan Seacrest doesn’t have?”—Sony announced today the TV host extraordinaire is officially the new Wheel of Fortune frontman.
Longtime Wheel host Pat Sajak announced earlier this month he would be retiring from the puzzle show after the fall 2023 season, his 41st as its host.
“I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak,” Seacrest said Tuesday. “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. Pat, I love the way you’ve always celebrated the contestants and made viewers at home feel at ease. I look forward to learning everything I can from you during this transition.
“Many people probably don’t know this but one of my first jobs was hosting a little game show called Click for Merv Griffin 25 years ago so this is truly a full circle moment for me and I’m grateful to Sony for the opportunity. I can’t wait to continue the tradition of spinning the wheel and working alongside the great Vanna White.”
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— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 27, 2023
Seacrest has hosted every season of American Idol since the reality singing competition began in 2002 (dare you to say “This . . . is American Idol” in anything but his voice) and hosted morning TV talk show staple Live with Kelly and Ryan from 2017 to April 2023. He also hosts Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Times Square every New Year’s Eve, a gig he took over from his broadcast mentor, the late Dick Clark; is host of the American Top 40 radio program every weekend for iHeartMedia; works as Managing Editor of E! News; serves as producer for several shows, including Keeping Up With the Kardashians; has his own skincare product line; started a nonprofit; has a slew of other gigs and business ventures; and goodness are you wondering when this guy sleeps too, because how on earth does he do it all?! Whew.
His newest job on Wheel of Fortune will begin in 2024, and even though it seems funny to think of the show without Pat Sajak and his jokes at the center of it all, Seacrest seems like a pretty good choice as his successor . . . even Pat himself called it a few years ago.
Pat Sajak actually predicted Ryan Seacrest replacing him back in 2012! After he made a mistake, he joked, “Seacrest is on speed dial.” #WheelofFortune @RyanSeacrest @PatOnWheel pic.twitter.com/ZOJgYVHArS
— WheelRob (@WheelRob10) June 27, 2023
And all that’s left to say is, “Seacrest, IN.”