On This Day: Vanna White and Pat Sajak Became a Dynamic Duo on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ in 1982

by Joe Rutland
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Little did Pat Sajak and Vanna White think, on this day in 1982, they would end up forming a long, dynamic duo on Wheel of Fortune.

But that’s exactly what happened.

Today marked the first time White joined Sajak on the then-NBC game show.

Twitter account Retro News Now offered a reminder via a tweet on Monday.

Outsiders, let’s do a little spinning of Wheel of Fortune history. Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford were the original hosts when the show debuted on NBC in 1975. Woolery left in 1981, ushering in Sajak to take over. Stafford left in 1982 and was replaced by White.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Game Created By Talk-Show Host Merv Griffin

Wheel of Fortune bounced between NBC and CBS before the network version was canceled in September 1991. From that point on until now, the game show created by entrepreneur and talk-show host Merv Griffin from the old “Hangman” game has remained a staple of nighttime TV.

Sajak and White have been synonymous with the nighttime version since it hit TVs in 1983. Now Sajak did leave the daytime version to host a late-night talk show for a period of time. He remained host of the nighttime Wheel of Fortune.

Millions of people in the United States and around the world know about Wheel of Fortune. In recent years, ABC has aired Celebrity Wheel of Fortune where Pat and Vanna host this version. Yes, Outsiders, celebrities from all walks of entertainment have shown up there.

Both Sajak and White have been recognized for their time on TV. Sajak is now the longest-running host of any game show. Who did he beat in this race? None other than Bob Barker, longtime host of The Price is Right.

Neither Pat nor Vanna are looking to leave Wheel of Fortune anytime soon.

Sajak Offers Some Kindred Words on A Couple of Friendship No-Nos

So, Sajak does take time to share some thoughts occasionally on social media.

For this moment, the Wheel of Fortune host apparently was in a pensive mood.

He took to Twitter to offer valuable insight regarding friendships.

On Nov. 16, 2021, he tweeted, “Two sure ways to break up a friendship in 2021: discuss opposing politics, and tell people you don’t stream their favorite show.”

When checking to see if that tweet was still up, apparently it does not exist anymore.

Sajak is definitely someone who will use his social media account as a way to bring up things that concern him.

A few days before sending out that earlier tweet, Sajak talked about wanting an “alternate universe” where people are “happy and friendly” and “don’t judge each other.”

You can still catch him on the Wheel, Outsiders.