“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is receiving a heartwarming present of assist from followers after asserting on air that his beloved canine of 12 years handed away.
“We lately needed to say goodbye to Stella,” introduced a crestfallen Sajak, 74, ending Monday evening’s broadcast on a melancholy word. “It was a really unhappy time for the Sajak household.”
Sajak, 74, concluded the episode by displaying a number of pictures of his deceased pooch throughout “happier days,” prompting an outpouring of “awwws” from the studio viewers.
One of many pics depicted the sport present icon enjoying with Stella subsequent to a ceramic Dalmatian, whereas others confirmed Sajak enjoying within the snow together with her — and sitting in a chair together with his canine companion at his aspect.
“We’re gonna miss her,” Sajak mentioned after sharing the household pictures. “She was an excellent buddy.”
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, despite the fact that White’s fur child is a cat.
“You and I’ve a number of issues in frequent,” Sajak advised his loyal letter-turner. “We each have two youngsters, we each have the identical uncommon blood kind — however the weirdest of all, we independently, with out anybody realizing it, we each named our pets the identical title.”
For sure, Sajak’s touching tribute struck a chord with viewers, who took to social media to supply their #RIPStella condolences.
“So unhappy to listen to in regards to the passing of Pat’s canine Stella,” mentioned one well-wisher. “My condolences are with you, Pat!”
One other fan commented, “I don’t normally cry throughout Wheel of Fortune, however right here we’re.”
“Um woah my canine simply handed away Friday & tonight Pat’s speaking about his lately deceased canine too? (Lately as of no matter this episode was taped.) Freaky!” one other commiserator chimed in.