Fans of the popular TV game show “Wheel of Fortune” got a surprise when the usual host, Pat Sajak, left unexpectedly before the bonus round. People were curious about what happened to him and speculated about the show’s future since he has been hosting for 42 years.
“Wheel of Fortune,” started in 1975, is hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White. Sajak had talked about possibly leaving after Season 40, while Vanna wanted to keep hosting with him. Their partnership is well-known, making it hard for fans to imagine someone else in their roles.
In the April 26 episode, Sajak gave up hosting during the bonus round, and the show’s announcer, Jim Thornton, took over. This surprised fans, and some thought Sajak might be sick or fired. However, it turned out to be planned, as contestant Sarah had praised Jim Thornton at the beginning of the show. Jim playfully responded, hinting at his unexpected hosting role later.
After a commercial break, Sajak was still absent, and Jim Thornton continued hosting. Sarah didn’t solve the bonus puzzle but won an extra $40,000 and got to meet Jim. Sajak briefly appeared during the credits at the end of the episode, jokingly asking Vanna if he missed anything.
The reason for Sajak’s absence remains unknown. Some viewers thought it might be a chance for Jim Thornton to showcase his hosting skills as a possible replacement for Sajak. If Sajak leaves after Season 40, Jim Thornton might get more chances to host “Wheel of Fortune.”
Currently, the show airs on ABC at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and fans are excited for updates on the future of the beloved game show and its hosts.