Ryan Seacrest is eager to replace Pat Sajak.
While Seacrest is expected to succeed Sajak when he retires following the current season of “Wheel of Fortune,” longtime co-host Vanna White has remained quiet about her own future on the show, although reports Rumors are circulating about a difficult contract dispute. . Now, Seacrest admits it’s unclear whether she will continue on the revamped series.
While speaking at a panel for Fortune magazine, the “American Idol” host briefly talked about his upcoming game show gig. Towards the end of his conversation, he was asked, “Are you going to keep Vanna White?”
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“Well, then I’m going to…” he began before changing the subject, saying, “I’m lucky enough to succeed the legendary Pat Sajak.”
He continued, “Next year, and I am so… My energy is going to increase, sir, about this. I’m telling you. I’ve always been the biggest fan of this show.”
“I love Vanna White. I’ve known Vanna for a long time. We’ve sat in important places next to each other. And I hope for nothing more than to be able to get on that stage and host with her.”
Seacrest didn’t elaborate, but his phrasing was notable for fans who have been following the uncertainty surrounding White’s future on “Wheel of Fortune.”
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After Sajak announced his retirement, dedicated viewers became curious about the possibility of White retiring with him. In June, reports began circulating that White wanted to stay on the show, but was asking for a pay raise.
White, 66, has reportedly been in negotiations to renew his contract to continue co-hosting “Wheel of Fortune,” according to People.
After serving as co-host alongside Sajak, 76, for more than four decades, White requested a pay raise as part of her new contract.
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His last pay raise reportedly occurred nearly 20 years ago, as White earns $3 million a year while Sajak earns five times as much, according to People via Puck.
Sajak earned $15 million a year from “Wheel of Fortune” in 2016, Forbes reported.
Although Seacrest isn’t sure if White will join him next year for his first season hosting the beloved game show, fans have made it clear that they have an idea of who might take his place if she also takes his retirement – Sajak’s daughter, Maggie. .
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Maggie is a familiar face on “Wheel of Fortune,” serving as the show’s social media correspondent. She also took White’s place for an episode of “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” earlier this year, when White competed on “Jeopardy!” welcomes Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik.
“I love Maggie, she should take Vanna’s place, sorry but it’s time,” one person commented on one of Maggie’s recent Instagram posts.
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“Maggie, you REALLY have to host the show!!” another follower told him.