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Ryan Seacrest takes Pat Sajak's spot as 'Wheel of Fortune' host

Ryan Seacrest will replace Pat Sajak as the host of “Wheel of Fortune.”

“Wheel of Fortune” made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “It’s official! Starting in 2024 @RyanSeacrest will take the stage as the new host of Wheel of Fortune. We’re so excited – Welcome Ryan!”

I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak,” Seacrest said in a statement, obtained by Fox News Digital. “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.”

Seacrest’s appointment as the next host comes two weeks after Sajak announced his retirement.

Before the 48-year-old media mogul became a household name, he found a mentor in broadcasting legend Dick Clark, who helped propel his career from standing on the sidelines to shining in the spotlight.

Seacrest not only hosts multiple shows across a variety of platforms, he also works behind the scenes as a producer on some of the biggest television shows. His estimated worth is around $450 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

He added, “It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Many thanks to you all. (If nothing else, it’ll keep the clickbait sites busy!)”

Maggie Sajak and Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune

Many thought Pat Sajak’s daughter, left, would be named as his replacement. (Christopher Willard via Getty Images)

Following the announcement, many speculated that his daughter – Maggie Sajak – would take his place.

Sajak has hosted the famous game show since 1981. The program first premiered in 1975 with Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford.

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