Vanna White bids an emotional farewell to Pat Sajak ahead of his final show

Ahead of Pat Sajak’s final episode on Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White paid an emotional tribute to him.

During the Thursday’s episode of the much-loved game show, White honored Sajak’s contributions and their enduring friendship through a video segment showcasing clips and photos that traced their partnership from the 1980s up to the present day.

“I can’t believe that tomorrow is our last show together,” White, 67, said in the clip. “I don’t know how to put into words what these past 41 years have meant to me, but I’m going to try.

“Eight thousand episodes went by like that.”

The two life-long friends started hosting America’s Game together in 1982, when the show first aired in syndication, and over the years, they became one of television’s most iconic duos.

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“As the years have gone by, we’ve grown up on television, but we’ve also shared so much more behind the scenes,” she said as she reminisced about the pair’s more personal memories.

“What an incredible and unforgettable journey we’ve had. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it with you,” White added, holding back tears. “You’re like a brother to me, and I consider you a true lifelong friend, who I will always adore. I love you, Pat.”

Following the segment, the two shared a hug on stage.
The iconic duo have appeared in over 8,000 episodes together, with Sajak leading the contestants through the game and White famously turning the letters on the puzzle board.

You can watch White’s tribute to Sajak in the video below.

Last summer, Sajak had announced that Season 41 of Wheel of Fortune would be his last, calling it a “wonderful ride.” White, however, will be staying on as co-host with Ryan Seacrest next season.

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