Today he is one of the most recognizable game show hosts in the world.

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A salary dispute with show creator and executive producer Merv Griffin caused Woolery's exit in 1981, and he was replaced by Pat Sajak. The show continued to gain traction, however, and in 1983 it went into evening syndication in a selection of markets nationwide.

Sajak warmed up to his new role as a game show host, and audiences warmed up to him in turn.

In 1984 the game was rolled out nationwide in the evening hours, and has enjoyed an enormous amount of success since then.

Pat Sajak has been involved in a number of other television shows in addition to .

Most notably, he had his own late-night talk show from January 1989 through April 1990 on CBS, titled simply The Pat Sajak Show.

He has worked as a fill-in host for Larry King and Regis Philbin as well.

Many game show hosts appear as celebrity guests on other game shows, and Sajak has played: himself, in a special April Fool's Day episode in 1997 which was hosted by Alex Trebek.

Sajak has won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host three times, in 1993, 1997, and 1998.

He also has a People's Choice Award for Favorite Game Show Host which he won in 1987, and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.