‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Explained How Vanna White Isn’t a ‘Primadonna,’ ‘Flukeyness’ of Show

by Keeli Parkey
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The relationship between “Wheel of Fortune” hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White is one built on a mutual respect and an admiration for the other person. The famous television personalities are more than just co-workers, they are friends.

Sajak praised White during an interview they gave to the Television Academy Foundation in 2007. His co-host, he said at the time, is a very down-to-earth and hardworking person. Because of what she does for a living, people might assume all Vanna White cares about are frivolous things like pretty dresses. However, that is not the case at all, according to Sajak.

“Vanna is many things,” he said. “She is beautiful and charming and all those wonderful things. But, she is as far from a primadonna as you can imagine.”

Upon hearing her “Wheel of Fortune” cohost offer her that praise, White made a face almost like she didn’t believe the comment herself. Or, maybe she was just embarrassed by his kind words.

And, since they had worked together for so long, Sajak obviously noticed White’s reaction.

“Just pretend like you’re not here,” Sajak jokingly said to White during the interview. He then went on praising his coworker.

“It would be very easy for someone to get their head turned by the sort of success she had,” Sajak added. “And, never did. Never took that part of it seriously.”

However, according to Pat Sajak, Vanna White was dedicated to her work on “Wheel of Fortune.”

“She takes her job seriously,” he added.

After Praising Vanna White, Pat Sajak Said They Both Acknowledge That Being Famous Thanks to ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Was a Rare Occurrence

In addition to praising his “Wheel of Fortune” cohost, Pat Sajak also talked about how having success on such a show was very rare indeed. This is a fact of life that he and White both acknowledge.

“We both realize that this a flukey kind of success,” he added. “It’s lightning in a bottle. Who knew? I’m spinning a wheel and she’s touching letters.”

“Right,” Vanna White chimed in.

“And, here we are – icons,” Sajak continued. “Go figure. Does this seem right?”

Right or wrong, “Wheel of Fortune” remains a beloved game show viewed by millions each week. And, why shouldn’t it be? It’s fun to watch and play along with the contestants. And, it’s fun watching them win.

“Wheel of Fortune” is also a way of revisiting childhood for so many people who grew up watching it with their grandparents and parents. And, just as those generations passed it on, current viewers can do the same with their children.

You can watch Pat Sajak and Vanna White talk about their time on “Wheel of Fortune” below.