Times change, but for more than 40 years, television viewers could rely on Pat Sajak and Vanna White’s upbeat and comforting presence every weekday on Wheel of Fortune. “You turn on the TV today and everything is so negative,” Vanna told Closer. “It’s nice to have 30 minutes of fun with Wheel of Fortune.”
Pat’s announcement last month that he would be retiring after the beloved game show’s 41st season left viewers speculating about Vanna’s fate as cohost. “It would be weird having somebody else turn my letters,” admitted Vanna, 66, who is expected to remain on Wheel after Ryan Seacrest takes over the podium next year. “She’s just not ready to retire,” explains a friend of the star. Vanna admits it will be hard to not see Pat, with his jolly disposition and silly dad jokes, on the set every day.
“I cannot imagine doing the show without him,” she said in December 2022, adding that she and Pat have never exchanged cross words ever. “We’ve been together so long it would be strange doing it with someone else,” she said.
Vanna felt a little slighted not to be considered for Pat’s job. After all, she did a stellar job hosting the show for three weeks in 2019 when she unexpectedly…