Let’s be honest: “Wheel of Fortune” would be difficult to imagine if it didn’t have both Vanna White and Pat Sajak. Even though the show would be nothing without its contestants, White and Sajak’s chemistry is what makes the show stand apart.
During an interview with Believer in 2018, White opened up about her relationship with Sajak and why the producers thought they would make a great pair. Besides having a stellar audition, White revealed that Merv Griffin, “Wheel of Fortune” creator thought their looks made them look like siblings.
“He also said he liked the way Pat and I looked together. We looked like a brother-and-sister team,” White said. Apparently, Griffin was on to something: the duo has been working together for nearly 40 years. However, according to White, their relationship off-camera is just as strong.
Pat Sajak & Vanna White Connect Amid Personal Tragedy
“People at home see the chemistry between Pat and me,” White told Closer Weekly in 2019. “We are like brother and sister, and I think that is what makes it work.” “It’s like lightning in a bottle,” Sajak added their relationship. White said, “We’ve never had one argument.”
In the early days of the show, the two formed a bond when they both endured personal tragedies. In the ’80s, Sajak and his wife of seven years got divorced, and White’s fiancé at the time, John Gibson, died in a plane crash.
“Vanna’s been great to work with,” Sajak said of their relationship. “We get along so well and are really best friends. We always have been,” White added.
More so, the show’s success can also be attributed to White’s pure heart and cheerful nature. After spending so much time in the industry, she knows who she is, and doesn’t need to project anything different.
“I’m just myself on the show,” she told Believer. That’s another thing I do—I am Vanna White on the show. I’m not playing a character. That is who I am. I was raised in the South and I believe in kindness and truth and all those things, so maybe that’s something that you’re picking up [on] when you see the camera. I am myself. I’m not trying to portray anyone else. I am who I am.”
We may not be able to discern how long “Wheel of Fortune” will be on the air, but one thing is for sure: Sajak’s and White’s friendship will last long after the show ends.