“I’m really humbled to be moving into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak,” Seacrest stated in an announcement Tuesday. “I can say, together with the remainder of America, that it’s been a privilege and pure pleasure to observe Pat and Vanna [White] on our tv screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile each evening and really feel proper at residence with them.”
Seacrest is likely one of the most recognizable personalities in media, having been a bunch for 21 seasons on “American Idol,” beforehand showing on “Reside With Kelly and Ryan” (for which he gained an Emmy, and introduced an exit from in February) and ringing within the new years with “Dick Clark’s New Yr’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” He additionally hosts a radio program referred to as “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” in Southern California, the place “Wheel of Fortune” movies its episodes.
The letter-guessing present — suppose “Hangman” with manufacturing values in case you’ve by no means seen it — has greater than 20 million viewers, Sony stated in a information launch. Greater than 3,000 folks audition yearly for the present, with fewer than 500 making the ultimate reduce, according to the History Channel.
Seacrest will take over after Sajak’s forty first season, which begins airing in September. Sajak hosted the present’s daytime version from 1981 to 1989, and began internet hosting the present’s syndicated model in 1983. The present’s co-host, Vanna White, first joined in 1982, kicking off 4 a long time of the pair showing on residence screens all over the place. Sajak has the document for the longest profession as a recreation present host for a similar present, based on Guinness World Records.
Seacrest has been in search of a job like this for his total profession, it will appear. He instructed the New York Times in 2009 that he hoped to emulate the profession of Merv Griffin, a tv host and media persona who created a number of hit packages — together with “Wheel of Fortune.”
“He was likable and accessible and sensible and humorous and charming,” Seacrest instructed the Instances, “however he would additionally leverage that to construct belongings so he wouldn’t should work each single hour of each single day to have a return.”
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