Pat Sajak Makes Bold Request of Daughter Maggie as He Prepares to Exit 'Wheel of Fortune'

Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak is letting his retirement plans be known—and one thing in particular that he has his heart set on requires major participation from his daughter Maggie.

While discussing his upcoming exit from Wheel of Fortune—which was announced last year—and opening up about his career in a mini sit down interview on ABC's Good Morning America, the longtime game show host hinted at being ready to usher in a new title: grandpa.

The 77-year-old has two now-adult kids with his wife, Lesly Brown: son Patrick, 33, and daughter Maggie, 29, but the couple has yet to welcome any grandchildren—something Sajak is hoping will change soon.

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"I'd rather leave a couple of years too early, than a couple of years too late," he admitted of being prepared for "whatever's ahead," and further explaining that he'd rather not overstay his TV welcome and head out while times are still good.

"There's also some other things in life that we'd like to do, and I'm enjoying this last year. It's been a great 40 years," Sajak reflected.

As for his life's next chapter, "I'm perfectly happy if it just means that I'll continue with my crossword puzzles and play with grandchildren... hint hint hint. No pressure," he added, as Maggie chuckled and moved the conversation right along.

The 29-year-old, who works as the social correspondent for the game show, then fought back tears as she told her father, "The show means the world to us; it's been such a gift. And you have made what could have just been hangman into a cultural phenomenon. So thank you for this amazing 40+ years."

"Thank you, sweetheart," the proud dad replied, as they shared a heartfelt embrace.

Sajak's pre-filmed final episode is set to air on Friday, June 7, as Season 41's finale. It will end a week-long series of tributes to the host called “Thanks for the Memories." Ryan Seacrest will step in as the show's next host beginning in Season 42.

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