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Vanna White Addresses Pat Sajak's Potential End On 'Wheel Of Fortune'

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on December 6, 2022 at 6:00 PM EST

The popular game show "Wheel of Fortune"first began its run as a daytime series on NBC, debuting in 1975.

Six years later, in 1981, "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajakstepped in alongside Vanna White to replace former host Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford. Today, the two still host the game show as it airs on ABC.

Sajek and White have been hosting the show together ever since, going on 39 years now, as millions of contestants have come on to try and solve enough word puzzles to get to the bonus round and spin the wheel.

Unfortunately, as both Sajak and White get older, it seems the end of their run is closer than many had hoped.

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Vanna White Admits The Thought Of Pat Sajak Leaving Is "Depressing"

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Vanna White recently opened up about her time on "Wheel of Fortune" alongside Pat Sajak, referring to themselves as a "brother and sister team."

"I think when Merv Griffin chose both of us, 40 and 41 years ago, he saw something between us — a brother-sister type relationship," White told PEOPLE. "And I think that is kind of what it is. He saw that we would be able to get along, and we do. We are like a brother and sister team."

However, when thinking about the end of their "Wheel of Fortune" run, White admits it is "depressing."

"I don't even want to think about that. I mean, we're a team," White said. "That's depressing. I don't even want to think about it."

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Continuing on, the 79-year-old said, "I can't imagine. Everybody relates Wheel of Fortune to Pat and Vanna. We're like Ken and Barbie, you know? We've been in everybody's homes for 40 years, so it would be weird having somebody else turn my letters."

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Vanna White Still Loves Her Job After 40 Years

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The "Wheel of Fortune" model has been turning letters for 40 years, and sometimes, she, herself, can't even believe it. Though, she wouldn't change it for anything.

"It's incredible. I cannot believe it's been 40 years," she said. "Honestly, I've loved every minute of it."

White concluded by saying, "Who still says they love their job after 40 years? Me! I really do. It's a fun show. Everybody watches and enjoys it and it changes people's lives and it makes people happy. So it's a great job."

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Pat Sajak Admits The End Is Near

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Last year, "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak sat down with Entertainment Tonight and admitted the end is near.

"We're certainly closer to the end than the beginning," Sajak said. "I'd like to leave before people tune in and look at me and say, 'Ooh, what happened to him?'"

"I wouldn't bet on seeing us in, like, 10 years, I would say," Sajak continued, to which Vanna White agreed.

At this time, there is no word on when Pat Sajak or Vanna White will retire, or who would replace the iconic duo. In the meantime, fans of the game show can tune into ABC every weeknight at 7:30 PM ET to watch contestants solve word puzzles and make it to the bonus round to spin the wheel.

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