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Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White talks her future on the beloved game show — and recalls Pat Sajak’s heartwarming moment on day one.


Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White has revealed how long she plans to stay on the popular game show following the early departure of her longtime co-host Pat Sajak.

After news broke that Sajak, 77, would retire in June 2023 after hosting more than 7,500 editions since 1981, White, 67, admitted she too had thought about leaving the show – but has since revealed , that she is not quite ready to say goodbye, and signed a new two-year contract.

Asked how long she thinks she’ll be around during an interview with TV Insider, White said, “I don’t know. When I heard Pat was retiring, I thought I should retire too, but I’m not ready!”

«We’ll see at the end of the two years how I feel. After all these years, I thank God I still love my job,» she added, before admitting she «can’t put into words» how she feels about his retirement.

“I’m happy for him. I can’t imagine doing the show without him after 41 years. I’ll sum it up like (like) reading a good book, it always has to come to an end. This was the best book I’ve ever read,» gushed the mother of two.

Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White has revealed how long she plans to stay on the popular game show

Vanna admits she was thinking about retirement after co-host Pat Sajak announced he was leaving

Vanna admits she was thinking about retirement after co-host Pat Sajak announced he was leaving

Recalling her very first day on Wheel of Fortune in 1982, White said, “I remember being extremely nervous. It was hard for me to even speak, my mouth was just shaking because it was like, “I can’t believe this is happening. I’m on a TV show.»

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When asked what got her through it, she revealed, “Pate. (He said) «Calm down, it’s going to be okay.» I was just a little old girl from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina who wanted to be on TV since she was 10 years old. He made me feel comfortable in front of the camera. He was my teacher.’

White went on to reveal her ‘fondest memories of Pat’, saying: ‘I don’t think there’s anything we (he and I) haven’t talked about in 8,000 shows.

«We’ve traveled the world together, we’ve watched our children grow up together, we’ve thrown pies in each other’s faces.

“He’s so funny, I love him like a brother. God, I’ve known him longer than anyone, we’ll be friends forever.’

Sajak’s final episode hosting Wheel of Fortune will air June 7 before Ryan Seacrest takes over as host.

Seacrest, 49, recently opened up about his upcoming role as host of Wheel of Fortune, which will begin in September and will also see him serve as a consulting producer.

“Of course, when he’s next to Vanna, he’s a legend. He’s an icon,” he told E! News when asked if he was looking forward to his new job.

Vanna and Pat have been working together on the show since the early 1980s

Vanna and Pat have been working together on the show since the early 1980s

Vanna admits it was Pat who made her feel

Vanna admits it was Pat who made her feel «comfortable in front of the camera» when she first joined the game show in 1982.

Ryan Seacrest will join Pat's shows this September as the new host of Wheel of Fortune

Ryan Seacrest will join Pat’s shows this September as the new host of Wheel of Fortune

“We’ve spent a bit of time filming promo for next season and she’s so down to earth. She is exactly as you would expect.’

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He continued: “It’s so exciting to think about being on set. I watched that show for so many decades. I’m a fan of this show and the acting is stellar.”

Bílá also said only nice things about her new guest.

‘He was so kind and says, «Nobody’s ever going to replace Pat, I’m not trying to replace Pat.» I’m just excited to work with you and I’ll do whatever it takes. Please teach me what I need to know,’ so that was really nice,” she said of Seacrest.



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