This time next year, Wheel of Fortune will enter a new era – one that’ll see Ryan Seacrest as host after Pat Sajak’s retirement. There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding his new post, much has also been said about Vanna White’s future on the show. Over the past few months, it’s been reported that White has been seeking a new contract. She and the powers that be at Sony Television have reportedly been going back and forth in regard to terms. Now, it would seem that White has finally landed a new contract. But given the details we have on it, one has to wonder if she’s planning to make a quick exit.
The star has agreed to return to the long-running game show for a total of two years. That means she’ll remain the program's signature letter-turner through the 2025-2026 TV season. TMZ also reports that she’s set to receive a “substantial pay increase” as a result of the new contract. However, what may have some people scratching their heads is the length of the deal.
In the past, both Vanna White and Pat Sajak have seemingly seen extensions that run for three or more additional years. While two years is still notable, it’s interesting that she didn’t agree to a longer deal. It’s hard to say how that particular number was reached, but it could be possible that she doesn’t want to remain within the Seacrest regime all that long. Plus, 66-year-old White has been at this gig for a while and may be nearly ready to call it a day.
Regardless of the length of her new contract, it’s just wonderful to know Vanna White will remain with Wheel of Fortune for at least a few more years. It’ll be intriguing to see how she and Ryan Seacrest play off each other once he steps into Pat Sajak’s post in the fall of 2024. And what I’ll also be waiting to see is what she ends up doing once this revised contract is up in 2026.
More to come...