This has been a hard year for Sony Entertainment, the company behind major shows like “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”
In November, the world lost Alex Trebek, the iconic longtime host of “Jeopardy!” Now, the show has its own controversy. Mike Richards was named the host, only to step down following a torrent of past problematic comments and actions came to light. He is also out as the executive producer of both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
“Jeopardy!” is trying to pick up the pieces from the inside out. Meanwhile, could “Wheel of Fortune” see a major change soon too?
Pat Sajak And Vanna White Future On ‘Wheel Of Fortune’
Pat Sajak and Vanna White have been the host and letter turner on the show for decades. Sajak joined the show in 1981 and White was on board the next year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both of their contracts are set to expire in 2022. This means that White and Sajak will be on the show all through 2022, but the end of their contract leaves a lot of question marks for the future of “Wheel of Fortune.”
“Pat, Vanna and Alex are simply the best. Night after night, they seamlessly entertain generations of fans on two of the most beloved television programs on air. We are thrilled that they’ll continue to do so through 2022,” the SPT chairman Mike Hopkins said back in 2018.
Sajak and White have not explicitly said they are leaving anytime soon, but have hinted at when they think the right time is.
Past Conversations About Leaving the Show
Pat Sajak appeared on “Good Morning America” in 2019 and talked about his future on the program. He told the show at the time that he would “rather leave a couple years too early than a couple of years too late.” He shared that he would be in the “single digits” for years left on the program. Most of all, he would “like to leave before people ask me to leave.”
It seems like Sajak wants to avoid any controversy and leave the show before any negative publicity would come his way. Sajak was in the news a few times this year for some questionable comments toward different contestants on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Given the fact that “Jeopardy!” is already in the second round of guest hosts to look for a full-time host, “Wheel of Fortune” will likely wait for all of that to settle before undergoing another host search.
It’s all speculation, given the fact that Sajak and White could just renew their contracts too.
Meanwhile, Pat Sajak had an interview with Access Hollywood where he spoke about his time on the show alongside Vanna White. As it turns out, if one leaves, both will likely step away. “We’ve talked about it and we’ll probably walk off into the sunset at the same time,” Sajak said.