Steve Eighinger

Vanna not leaving 'Wheel of Fortune' after all

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 27, 2017 9:40 am

Rest easy, Vanna White fans.

The popular letter-turner on "Wheel of Fortune" isn't going anywhere, especially off the popular syndicated game show.

Earlier this week, I wrote a column about Vanna's alleged departure from the program in March to pursue other interests. It turns out I was a victim of fake news.

The half-dozen or so reports I had filtered through were part of a ruse I fell for -- hook, line and sinker.

Apparently, I was not the only one to have egg on my face, but that doesn't make me feel any better. The good news, however, is that Vanna is not leaving our TV screens anytime soon.

Sony Pictures Television, which produces "Wheel of Fortune," has been busy recently denouncing the reports and rumors that Vanna would be exiting. A Sony spokesman also informed that Vanna, plus "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak and "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek, all have signed contract extensions through the 2019-20 TV season.

"Pat, Vanna and Alex are beloved by generations of TV viewers, and the enduring popularity of ‘Wheel of Fortune' and ‘Jeopardy' is a testament to their incredible talents," Harry Friedman, executive producer of both shows, told Variety.

Those two game shows have long been the highest-rated programs of their kind and are celebrating a combined 67 consecutive years in syndication. Both were on network TV prior to being syndicated in the mid-1980s.

Dresses, dresses,


An interesting item I did not have room for in the previous column about Vanna concerned her wardrobe. She admitted to Fox News that she has worn more than 6,500 dresses on the air.

"Never the same one twice, nor do I get to keep them," she said. "They have to go back to the designer, but I certainly enjoy wearing them. I've gone through all the big styles, (including) the big shoulder pads. You name it, I've done it."

She also admitted she has had her favorite outfits.

"My favorite dresses happen to be the comfortable ones," America's favorite hostess said. "A lot of them are so skin tight and don't budge. I feel like I'm wearing a corset and I'm walking for 30 minutes in five-inch heels.

"It looks great, but it can be uncomfortable. I still do it; it's part of my job. But if I had the choice, I would prefer stretchy gowns. And I honestly love the cocktail length."

End of the story, ?hopefully

Vanna also put to rest -- hopefully, for the last time -- any talk of retirement or leaving the show

"I'm sure I will one day, but I'm enjoying my job so much," she told Fox News. "I don't want to retire. I hope to continue doing it for as long as I can."

And that, I hope, is the end of that story.

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