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Mario Lopez replaces Pat Sajak on the list as host of Wheel of Fortune
June 22, 2023
Mario Lopez is being replaced Pat Sajak as its host ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ following the presenter’s retirement after 41 years.
According to sources familiar with the situation, “Access to Hollywood” The host is on the short list of names being considered for the celebrity host gig. As you know, Sajak announced that he is leaving the famous television game show after this season.
Several media executives confirmed to The Blast that Mario’s name is in the “very early stages.”
The move makes sense given that Lopez has one of the biggest growing audiences on television. According to a recent Nielsen study, “Latinos make up 19% of the US population, yet they account for 42% of the nation’s most-watched content on streamers.” Nielsen senior vice president Stacie de Armas noted, “They’re bringing a lot of new subscribers to streaming platforms.”
He added, “I think this is a very important indicator of how Latinos are influencing America’s most-watched entertainment. It’s important to have Latinos on camera.”
Of course, it’s one of the most coveted jobs in Hollywood—and it’s not easy. Sajak’s replacement should have several years of television hosting experience and be able to film a large amount of daily and weekly content. Well, Mario Lopez has hosted a daily Entertainment News show for over a decade, including “Extra” and “Go to Hollywood. In other words, he’s got the chops.
Plus, Lopez is the host “You must see movies with Mário” on the Hotel Channel, which reaches 20 million travelers per month – in more than 650,000 luxury hotel rooms nationwide.
As reported, another front-runner for the post Ryan Seacrest, who also spent many years in daily programming. Ryan is reportedly in talks with Sony about the job now that he has time in his schedule since he’s no longer hosting. – LIVE with Kelly and Ryan.
Obviously, hosting this franchise is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
But the network and production company need to find someone willing to put everything on the line to host Wheel of Fortune. According to our sources, Lopez loves her current hosting job on “Access Hollywood” and is very close with the cast and crew. In this situation, our hunch is that… money talks.
Pat Sajak went public with his huge decision and said in a statement, “Well, the time has come. I have decided that our 41st season starting in September will be our last. It’s been an amazing journey and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Thank you all very much.” A few years ago, Sajak passed Bob Barker as the longest-running game show host in history.