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Who is going to replace Pat Sajak on The Wheel of Fortune?

Ryan Seacrest is the name replacing veteran Sajak when the current season ends in September 2024.

FILE PHOTO: Ryan Seacrest walks onstage in Times Square during the first New Year's Eve event without restrictions since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2022. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon/File Photo
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An era is coming to an end on America’s favorite game show. Pat Sajak, the iconic host of Wheel of Fortune for nearly 40 seasons, will step down at the end of September.

A familiar face is stepping up to take the iconic perch behind the podium: Ryan Seacrest. The 50-year old has had a long career in entertainment, both hosting and producing.

Ryan Seacrest’s media career

His big break came in 2002, hosting the reality singing competition show that took America by storm: American Idol. Seacrest’s charisma and smooth delivery made him the perfect guide for aspiring singers, and he remained at the helm of the show for a remarkable 15 seasons.

He became a fixture on radio, hosting the nationally syndicated programs On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40. He also established himself as a television presence, co-hosting the popular morning talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan (formerly Live with Kelly and Michael).

Beyond hosting, Seacrest has thrived as a producer. His production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions, is responsible for a string of reality TV hits, including ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’, which transformed pop culture and launched a television dynasty.