Pat Sajak and Vanna White at the Hollywood Star Walk of Fame

Pat Sajak Pulls A Tom Brady, Set To Return As 'Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune' Host

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on July 10, 2024 at 1:15 PM EDT

Pat Sajakand Tom Brady have something in common--they have both come out of retirement!

Earlier this year, Sajak, 77, stepped away from hosting "Wheel of Fortune" as Ryan Seacresttook over. Vanna White signed a new contract and resumed her role as the letter-turner on the show.

While it's only been a few months since his last taping, Pat Sajak can't stay away from America's Game, as it was just announced that the 77-year-old will return to host "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune."

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What Do Pat Sajak And Tom Brady Have In Common?

Tom Brady on the football field

Tom Brady first announced his retirement from the NFL in 2022, only to make a swift return just 40 days later. He returned for one more season, and then announced he was stepping away from the NFL--for good this time.

Flipping the page to Pat Sajak, he announced last year that "the time has come" and he would be stepping away from hosting after 40 years.

"Well, the time has come,” he said in a statement last summer. “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. Thanks to you all.”

Now, Pat Sajak is pulling a Tom Brady, as he is set to return as host for a "Wheel Of Fortune" spin-off.

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Pat Sajak Isn't Done With 'Wheel Of Fortune' Just Yet!

Pat Sajak gives Hawaiin state hand gesture

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sajak will take the stage as host one last time on ABC‘s "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune," set to premiere on October 7.

While episodes have not yet been taped, they will air on Mondays (when ABC doesn’t have a "Monday Night Football" game.)

Ryan Seacrest will continue to host regular "Wheel of Fortune." “I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak,” the "American Idol" host said after the news broke that he would become the new host of the game show.

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“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," he added. “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.”

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Ryan Seacrest On Working With Vanna White

Ryan Seacrest at 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival

Before stepping into the "Wheel Of Fortune" host role, Ryan Seacrest spoke about how excited he was to work alongside Vanna White.

"I've been watching the show all my life, and I've been watching it as much as I can as an adult and as a child," he admitted. "I think that this is a show that means so much to a lot of people. It's a part of their lives, they like to get together at the end of the day and try and solve the puzzles."

"And for me, it's a chance to give away cash and prizes and work with the legendary Vanna White," he added.

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Vanna White On Ryan Seacrest's New Role

Vanna White in Hawaii

Vanna White also broke her silence on working with Ryan Seacrest, claiming she spoke with the "American Idol" host after learning he would take over.

"I know Ryan — he is professional, he's good at what he does, he's kind. I think it's going to be good. He's such a nice guy and he loves what he does," she said last year. "He said, ‘Look, I am not replacing Pat. I'm not going in to try to fill Pat's shoes. No one can ever replace him.’"

"He says he's coming in to do a good job and to keep the show going, and I'm looking forward to working with him," she added.

Vanna White's New 'Wheel Of Fortune' Contract Turns Heads

Vanna White smiling in black dress

The "Wheel of Fortune" letter-turner recently signed a contract ensuring her role on the game show for the 2025-2026 season.

While specifics were not disclosed, earlier reports indicated a "substantial pay increase" in the new deal, surpassing the $3 million per year she had been earning for nearly two decades.

New episodes of "Wheel of Fortune" air on weeknights on ABC. "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" will premiere this fall.

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