Wheel of Fortune Host Pat Sajak Reveals Real Reason He Quit the Show in Emotional Interview With Daughter Maggie

Pat Sajak, the host of "Wheel of Fortune," is quitting after more than 40 years. He admitted he could have stayed longer.

The 77-year-old has hosted since 1981. Last June, he announced his retirement after the 41st season.

Pat talked to Good Morning America ahead of his final episode. He explained why now is the right time to leave.

His daughter Maggie, 29, asked him why he decided to leave. "I'd rather leave a couple years too early than too late," Pat said.

He added, "Could I still do it? Yeah, I think I could for a while. But there are other things in life we'd like to do."

Pat said he's enjoying his last year on the show. "It's been a great 40 years. I'm looking forward to whatever's ahead."

He also looks forward to a simpler life. "I'm happy if it just means I'll continue with my crossword puzzles and play with my grandchildren," he told Maggie. "Hint hint. No pressure."

Maggie wrapped up their chat by saying the show means the world to them. "You have made what could have just been hangman into a cultural phenomenon."

"Thank you for the amazing 40 plus years," she said, getting emotional. Pat then hugged his daughter, who was visibly moved.

Ryan Seacrest will replace Pat after his final episode. Longtime co-host Vanna White will remain on the show.

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