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Vanna White extends ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contract as co-host through 2025-26 season

by Mahmmod Shar

Ryan Seacrest set to host fall 2024 after Pat Sajak announced retirement in June after 41 seasons with game show

By Tracy Wright , Adam Sabes

Vanna White extended her contract with “Wheel of Fortune” for two years as longtime host Pat Sajak prepares to leave in 2024.

White signed a two-year contract extension as co-host of the popular game show through the 2025-26 season as Ryan Seacrest will take over for Sajak in fall 2024, according to a statement provided to Fox News Digital.

Terms of White’s new contract were not disclosed.

Sajak announced his retirement from “Wheel” in June after hosting since 1981. The program first premiered in 1975 with Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford.

“As previously announced, Wheel of Fortune’s Season 41, which kicked off this past week, will be the last for host Pat Sajak,” the statement said. 

“The show will celebrate the 41-derful seasons with him at the helm. Co-host Vanna White has extended her contract for an additional two years, keeping her revealing letters at the iconic puzzleboard through the 2025-2026 season.”

White became Sajak’s regular co-host in December 1982 after Stafford left the show months before.

Vanna White and Pat Sajak attend 25th anniversary celebrations for wheel of fortune
Vanna and Pat celebrated the “Wheel of Fortune” 25th anniversary in 2007. (Astrid Stawiarz)
Vanna White and Pat Sajak dress up for red carpet apperance
Vanna White has stood by Pat Sajak’s side on “Wheel of Fortune” since 1982. (Ron Galella)

Season 41 viewers will also be able to watch Maggie Sajak, Pat’s daughter, showcase the “Word of the Day” while traveling, with planned stops throughout Europe. 

“Entering her third year as the show’s ambassador to the fans, Social Media Correspondent, Maggie Sajak is championing more ways for our viewers to win cash, vacations, merchandise, or more through a new weekly sweepstakes called ‘Fan Fridays,’” the statement said.

Ryan Seacrest, who previously sat alongside Kelly Ripa in the mornings for six seasons on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” is still in disbelief that he landed the co-hosting gig on “Wheel.”

Maggie Sajak wears stunning red dress on Wheel of Fortune with dad Pat Sajak
Pat Sajak’s daughter Maggie Sajak recently stepped in for Vanna White on “Wheel of Fortune.” (Christopher Willard)

Two weeks after Sajak formally announced he was leaving the game show, “Wheel” gave a warm welcome to Seacrest on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“I wanna close my eyes and hear you say it,” he recently told “Entertainment Tonight” when asked about working on the iconic game show. “I can’t believe that’s real.”

Before the 48-year-old media mogul became a household name, he found a mentor in broadcasting legend Dick Clark, who helped propel his career from standing on the sidelines to shining in the spotlight.

Ryan Seacrest named as host Wheel of Fortune
Ryan Seacrest will take on “Wheel of Fortune” hosting duties beginning in fall 2024. (Getty Images)

Seacrest not only hosts multiple shows across a variety of platforms, he also works behind the scenes as a producer on some of the biggest television shows. His estimated worth is around $450 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Sajak offered Seacrest a little advice after taking the “Wheel” gig.

“He is a legend. I’ve looked up to him forever. He’s so good at that job, which, you know, is a little bit of pressure here,” Seacrest told ET. 

“But he just said, ‘You’re going to have a great time. It’s so much fun. What’s better than giving away money and doing that every single night?’ I can’t wait to meet the contestants and do it.”

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