Fans of “Wheel of Fortune” can breathe easy now that Vanna White successfully inked a deal to stay on the show until 2026, per Deadline. There will be less of a shakeup in the game show as Sajak passes the baton to Ryan Seacrest for Season 42. This news comes on the heels of White also securing a deal to continue hosting “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.”
Reports have not disclosed whether White managed to negotiate a much heftier salary — per People, she was hoping to get paid the same as Pat Sajak — but the deal effectively makes Seacrest’s dreams come true. The “Wheel” newcomer previously told Fortune that he wanted to host alongside White once he comes on board. “I love Vanna White. I’ve known Vanna for a long time,” he said. “We sat in important places next to each other. And I hope for nothing more than to be able to walk out on that stage and host with her.”
Before Sajak announced his retirement, White admitted that she does not want to entertain the thought of leaving the show. “That’s depressing. I don’t even want to think about it,” she told People, noting that she couldn’t imagine having anyone but Sajak alongside her, either. “Everybody relates ‘Wheel of Fortune’ to Pat and Vanna. We’re like Ken and Barbie, you know?” Only time will tell if she and Seacrest can replicate the same on-screen chemistry, or if he’s even a viable replacement Ken like they claim he is.