Jared Leto Makes Surprise Appearance as Host of 'Wheel of Fortune'

Jared Leto is all about doing the unexpected, even if that means dropping in for a guest hosting spot Wheel of Fortune.

The 52-year-old turned 52 on Monday Morbius actor surprised fans both at home and in the audience of the iconic fill-in game show when he walked onto the stage at the top of the April 1 episode. In clips posted to social media, Leto is seen walking out with the show's longtime letter turner, Vanna White, as they were introduced by a voiceover.

“Here are the stars of our show, Jared Leto and Vanna White,” the announcer said as the audience clapped loudly.

After hitting their target, the long-haired Suicide squad actor turned to White, 67, and wished her a great show as he went to the wheel to start the game, without any mention of why he was in the role.

“Okay everyone, grab those devices, it's time to give away some money,” he told the episode's three participants — all of whom looked a little surprised by the change from the show's traditional host, Pat Sajak.

The Academy Award-winning actor's impromptu performance was quickly explained on Facebook as an April Fool's joke.

“Did you notice anything different on tonight's show?! #AprilFools”, the account shared with their more than 1 million followers late Monday evening.

In the commentsthe show's devoted fans flooded the section with their relief and excitement over the performance of Leto, who has been known to be at the center of strange headlines, including his October bungee jumping on the stage of a music festival And his climbing the Empire State Building just weeks after that to announce a new Thirty Seconds to Mars album.

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“Haha! We got caught. I was shocked. I was like, that's not Ryan Seacrest! And Pat didn't even say hi,” one fan wrote, referring to how the American Idol host, 49, will take over from Sajak, 77, in the fall.

The confusion was certainly exacerbated by the fact that Leto was swapped with the show's typical host after the first puzzle. Once again the switcheroo happened without mention or explanation.

“I thought I was seeing things! 🤣 I asked my husband, 'Did you just see Jared Leto???'” someone else wrote.

The real changing of the guard from Sajak to Seacrest will come at the start of the 2024-2025 season, starting in the fall. Sajak's retirement marks the end of an important era in the show's history as he held the cue cards Wheel of Fortune since 1981.

In the fall, ET spoke with Seacrest about how he felt after being announced as the successor to a titan of the TV game show industry. He said that not only was he excited about joining the show, but that Sajak had been in touch with him and offered some words of wisdom as well as a speed dial number in case he needed help.

“He's a legend. I've always looked up to him. He's so good at his job, which, you know, brings a little bit of pressure here. But he just said, 'You're going to have a great time.' It's so much fun. What's better than giving away money and doing that every night?'' Seacrest shared.

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