“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is receiving a heartwarming present of assist from fans after saying on air that his beloved canine of 12 years handed away.
“We recently had to say goodbye to Stella,” introduced a crestfallen Sajak, 74, ending Monday evening’s broadcast on a melancholy notice. “It was a very sad time for the Sajak family.”
Sajak, 74, concluded the episode by displaying a number of images of his deceased pooch throughout “happier days,” prompting an outpouring of “awwws” from the studio viewers.
One of the pics depicted the sport present icon taking part in with Stella subsequent to a ceramic Dalmatian, whereas others confirmed Sajak taking part in within the snow along with her — and sitting in a chair along with his canine companion at his aspect.
“We’re gonna miss her,” Sajak stated after sharing the household images. “She was a good friend.”
The reminiscing continued into Sajak’s post-show banter with “WOF” co-host Vanna White, 64, throughout which he noticed that they’d each determined to call their pets Stella, regardless that White’s fur child is a cat.
“You and I have a lot of things in common,” Sajak advised his loyal letter-turner. “We both have two kids, we both have the same unusual blood type — but the weirdest of all, we independently, without anyone knowing it, we both named our pets the same name.”
Needless to say, Sajak’s touching tribute struck a chord with viewers, who took to social media to supply their #RIPStella condolences.
“So sad to hear about the passing of Pat’s dog Stella,” said one well-wisher. “My condolences are with you, Pat!”
Another fan commented, “I don’t usually cry during Wheel of Fortune, but here we are.”
“Um woah my dog just passed away Friday & tonight Pat’s talking about his recently deceased dog too? (Recently as of whatever this episode was taped.) Freaky!” another commiserator chimed in.