Veteran “Wheel of Fortune” co-host, Vanna White, is set to remain a staple on the acclaimed game show until at least mid-2026, as announced by the show’s producers on Tuesday. The futures of many longtime cast members are now becoming clearer after upheavals and changes on the game show.
The 41st season of “Wheel”, currently underway, is the curtain call for outgoing host Pat Sajak. This news had sparked questions about whether White, who has been on the show since its early years in the 1980s, would follow suit. But the 66-year-old has agreed to a two-year extension, allowing her to continue delighting fans through the 2024-25 and 2025-26 television seasons.
The coming 42nd season will start with a change not seen in decades, with White presenting letters for new host Ryan Seacrest, replacing Pat Sajak. The announcement was released on Tuesday by the game show’s producers and distributors.
Seacrest, known for his work as a radio personality, producer, and television host, has set the stage for amicable banter before taking on the new gig. Kelly Rippa, co-host of “Live with Kelly and Mark”, playfully taunted Seacrest about improving his spelling skills on live television.
According to Rippa, on a recent episode of her show, “This is the best show for you. You are finally able to spell words and therefore we will be able to decipher what your text messages are trying to tell us.” Seacrest, on the other hand, humorously attributed his spelling shortcomings to “careless thumbs” and admitted that he often relies on autocorrect when sending messages on his phone.
Whether it’s a playful jab or an encouraging challenge, the fans of “Wheel of Fortune” are eagerly anticipating this change of guard and to see how the incoming host styles the iconic game show.