Following Pat Sajak's retirement announcement from Wheel of Fortune, the news has triggered a huge competition among several prominent media personalities who are hoping to secure the coveted position. One person of interest who has a chance of filling the seat is the former host of Live With Kelly and Ryan, Ryan Seacrest. Rumors circulating have it that Seacrest is being considered as an available replacement by the executives of Sony Group Corp—the company running the gameshow. Seacrest huge hosting portfolio also makes him a good fit for the role. The media personality has anchored shows like American Idol and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Ryan Seacrest reveals that he was mentored by the late broadcasting icon Dick Clark WHEEL OF FORTUNE, Pat Sajak, (1994), 1975-. ph: ©Sony Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection Before striking gold in the world of broadcasting, Seacrest was born under the wings of ace media mogul, Dick Clark, who passed away after a heart attack in 2012. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 48-year-old explained that Clark's mentorship played a pivotal role in elevating his career from being a mere spectator to commanding the center stage. RELATED: Mark Consuelos On Ryan Seacrest’s Touching Gift He Left Him On The Co-Host’s Last Day "Dick was an amazing broadcaster. But he decided early on that he wanted to be in the business and not just a face in front of the camera," Seacrest confessed to the news outlet. "He passed this advice on to me, and I haven’t looked back. I love being a radio and TV host. But I also love being part of the business in a meaningful way, as it gives you more choices. Being a producer has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. And I will never forget being a producer alongside Dick – that was a dream come true." TV'S CENSORED BLOOPERS, host Dick Clark, 1984. ph: Joey Del Valle / TV Guide / ©NBC / courtesy Everett Collection Seacrest also explained that the late broadcaster instilled his philosophy on the importance of treating individuals with respect and equality, regardless of their background, status, or achievements. "Dick was wonderful at making people feel at ease, and he did so by treating every person he met as a friend," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "He didn’t discriminate and was not discerning with his kindness. He made everyone feel as if they were the only one in the room." Ryan Seacrest's Emergence as 'Wheel of Fortune's' host will be a game changer Given Seacrest's extensive experience and the influential mentorship he received from Dick Clark, it comes as no surprise that his name is being floated as a potential successor to Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune. His achievements as a host and producer in the entertainment industry have propelled him to become a well-known figure and a trusted presence on television. Also, his knack for establishing connections with audiences and his unwavering commitment to his craft has earned him a dedicated fan base and made him a beloved choice among viewers. KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, host Ryan Seacrest, 'Episode One', (Season 1, ep. 101, aired July 21, 2015). photo: Adam Rose / © Fox / Courtesy: Everett Collection As lovers of the popular gameshow fervently await the official announcement of Pat Sajak's successor, the potential of Seacrest assuming the reins of the iconic show has ignited a sense of excitement and anticipation with the promise of infusing Wheel of Fortune with a renewed perspective and invigorating energy to ensure the show's enduring success for years to come.