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Vanna White, the iconic letter-turner of “Wheel of Fortune,” is set to continue her role for an additional two years as the show embarks on its farewell season with the legendary host Pat Sajak.
White has recently signed a contract extension, securing her presence on the enduring syndicated game show until the conclusion of the 2025-26 TV season. Earlier this year, Pat Sajak had announced his intention to retire after Season 41, which commenced this week. Ryan Seacrest, renowned for his roles on “American Idol” and “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” is poised to take over from Sajak as the host, commencing with the 2024-25 season.
Both “Wheel of Fortune” and its companion show “Jeopardy,” produced by Sony Pictures Television and distributed by CBS Media Ventures, have been fixtures of early evening television in the United States since the mid-1980s.
As part of the show’s transition, longtime “Wheel of Fortune” director Robert Ennis has retired, passing the directorial baton to Alex Van Wagner. Van Wagner boasts an impressive resume, including work on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and “Holey Moley,” NBC’s “The Voice,” and NBCUniversal’s syndicated daytime talk show “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Maggie Sajak, daughter of Pat Sajak, will expand her role as the show’s social media correspondent in the upcoming year. She will embark on a recurring “Fan Fridays” segment, which will see her touring various locations such as Newport, R.I., Portland, Maine, New York City, and several destinations in Europe. This aligns with the show’s partnership with the guided tour company Collette.
Season 41 will primarily focus on Pat Sajak’s farewell tour, marking an astonishingly lengthy tenure for a TV game show host. The show is also planning themed weeks around holidays like Halloween and specific interest groups, including veterans and teachers.