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'Wheel of Fortune': Should Vanna White Have Left with Pat Sajak?

‘Wheel of Fortune’: Should Vanna White Have Left with Pat Sajak?

Does Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White have doubts about staying on the show and wish she had exited with Pat Sajak? After Pat announced that he would be returning in June 2024 and has now concluded his run, Vanna decided to stay through 2026. But is she now regretting that decision?

When Pat Sajak announced he would do just one more season before retiring, Wheel of Fortune fans wondered what this meant for Vanna White, who has been his sidekick for most of his hosting career. Many assumed they would both leave together. Questions also arose about whether Vanna might take over as the new host or if she would leave and be replaced by someone else, potentially Pat’s daughter, Maggie Sajak. Vanna worked hard on her new contract, which extends her stay until 2026.

Vanna White, Pat Sajak-YouTube
Vanna White, Pat Sajak-YouTube

Ryan Seacrest has been named Pat’s replacement, a choice that hasn’t thrilled everyone. Many fans felt there were better options available. Recent promos featuring Vanna and Ryan haven’t been well-received, with some viewers stating they will no longer watch the show. According to the Daily Express US, Vanna may be having second thoughts about her decision to stay, as she apparently doesn’t click with Ryan as she had hoped.

Per an insider, Vanna White commented on her new co-host:

“Vanna isn’t a huge fan of Ryan so far. It’s not that she doesn’t like him, but her chemistry with Pat Sajak was much more natural. With Ryan, it feels forced, and she doesn’t want loyal viewers and her longtime fans to pick up on that.”

Vanna is more worried about the show’s following than anything else. The insider added:

“Now she’s starting to think she may have made a mistake by staying. Hopefully, she and Ryan will end up having a great rapport and this will all blow over.”

Her doubts could be attributed to the negative feedback their promos have been getting. However, things might change once their episodes start airing in September 2024.

In his last few seasons, Pat Sajak appeared to become testy and rude with contestants. This led viewers to suggest it was time for him to exit Wheel of Fortune. Yet, when it was time for him to leave, fans were really sad and realized there was no one quite like him. Ryan Seacrest taking over has generated negative comments:

  • What a poor choice!
  • Is he the only person available for these assignments?
  • Vanna doesn’t jibe with Ryan Seacrest 😳

Allegedly, Vanna White is ready to retire as soon as her contract ends, though she wishes she could leave sooner. For now, she will be the one constant for diehard Wheel fans. Do you understand Vanna’s frustration? Are you grateful she’s at least sticking around? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


Source: Daily Express US