In June 2023, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak announced he was retiring and would be leaving the popular game show after 41 seasons. He started in 1981 and has been a staple on our screens for years. Another personality on the show we know and love is Vanna White. With Sajak’s exit, is she leaving too?
The letter-turning talent has been in her role since October 1982 when she took over for former hostess Susan Stafford. At first she was only there to substitute temporarily, but America liked White and so she stayed and took on the role permanently starting in December of that year.
It’s already hard enough that Sajak is leaving! Will we also have to say goodbye to White? We’ve got the answer for you below.
Is Vanna White leaving Wheel of Fortune?
Good news! Vanna White is not leaving Wheel of Fortune. The television personality has signed on for another two years, per TVLine. Her contract was going to expire next summer. But now, it’s guaranteed that she will remain until at least the 2025-2026 season of Wheel of Fortune. This means her new contract expires in summer 2026.
New host Ryan Seacrest, who will also remain hosting American Idol, will be taking over for Sajak in the new fall 2024 season of the game show. As he was a guest on Sunday Today With Willie Geist, he shared his thoughts on White staying on:
"Vanna has been such a staple on that show and in our living rooms for so many years. I have been very excited to work with her, but now that it’s official I can say, Congratulations Vanna! I can’t wait."
Was Vanna White’s new salary revealed?
With the announcement that Sajak was leaving, it was rumored that White could potentially not come back as well due to the show thinking about eliminating her role. And then there were reports that she was also negotiating a new contract, looking for a salary increase.
According to TVLine, White was reportedly making $3 million a year, which could be five times less than what Sajak was making. She decided to ask for a higher salary, and it seems like she may have gotten it. However, Sony Pictures Television did not share the new number.
Wheel of Fortune season 41 is currently airing with Pat Sajak and Vanna White on ABC. The last Celebrity Wheel of Fortune with Sajak premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023.