Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 24, 2024

Vanna White Considers Exit from 'Wheel of Fortune' Amidst Host Changes

Longtime "Wheel of Fortune" co-host Vanna White reportedly contemplates leaving the show after Pat Sajak’s retirement.

According to the New York Post, despite extending her contract until 2026, there is speculation that White might depart earlier due to difficulties adjusting to the new host, Ryan Seacrest.

Since 1982, Vanna White has been a fixture on "Wheel of Fortune," bringing her presence and charm to the game show. Earlier this month, her co-host Pat Sajak retired after an impressive 41 seasons, signaling the end of an era for the iconic duo.

Rumors have been circulating that White may not see her contract until its 2026 end date. White has publicly shared her hesitations about continuing without Sajak, her trusted colleague for over four decades.

Challenges with New Hosting Dynamic

Ryan Seacrest, 49, is set to officially take over hosting duties when "Wheel of Fortune" returns for its 42nd season in September. The transition has led to speculation about White's ability to adjust to the new dynamic. A source from the Daily Mail revealed that it has been "difficult" for White and stated she "doesn't jibe with Ryan" the way she did with Sajak.

However, not everyone agrees with this assessment. A source close to Seacrest told The Post that there was "absolutely no truth" to the rumors, claiming that Seacrest and White "have been having a lovely time on set."

White's contract extension came after a salary dispute, during which she secured a significant pay increase. Despite the pay raise, doubts about her future on the show remain.

Reflecting on a Storied Career

Pat Sajak’s departure from the show was marked by an emotional farewell episode on June 7. During his final taping, Sajak praised White, referring to her as his “professional other half.” He reminisced about their history, noting that they have supported each other through numerous life changes.

White expressed similar sentiments in a recent interview, comparing their tenure to a beloved "book" that had to end. She admitted that she considered retiring alongside Sajak but ultimately decided to stay on for at least a few more seasons.

Despite her decision to extend her contract, White acknowledged the challenge of continuing without her longtime co-host. While she is "happy" for Sajak, the show without him would be like losing a part of her own history.

Looking Towards the Future

One aspect that complicates White’s future on the show is its need to evolve to attract a younger audience. Sources close to her suggest she understands the need for a younger female co-host to complement Seacrest, similar to how she complemented Sajak for years.

Ryan Seacrest himself has expressed excitement about working with White, calling her a "staple" of the show in a "Today" interview. With the next season’s premiere just a few months away, all eyes are on how the new hosting arrangement will unfold.

As "Wheel of Fortune" gears up for its 42nd season set to premiere in September, fans are left wondering if Vanna White will indeed stay until 2026 or opt for an earlier departure. Her decision will undeniably impact the show’s future and its beloved format.

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