On Monday afternoon, Wheel of Fortune posted a video of host Pat Sajak’s daughter having postgame chats with three celebrities that took part in the game show recently.
In a segment titled “Celebrity Spin with Maggie Sajak,” she interviewed celebrities Andy Richter, Vanilla Ice, and Caroline Rhea. Richter is best known as Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show sidekick. He spoke to Maggie about how he prepared to be a contestant on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.
“I played the game, you know, that’s on the phone. The phone on the game,” he joked before Maggie reminded him it’s called an app. She then asked about the charity he played for during his appearance.
“My charity is Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and it couldn’t be more simple. They are there to feed hungry people,” Richter explained.
Maggie got excited when speaking to Caroline Rhea since she grew up watching the actress’ popular sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Likewise, Rhea is a longtime fan of Wheel of Fortune, and was practically bouncing off the walls with excitement to be on the show. The money she earned on the game show is going to the Dempsey Center. The organization helps people manage the impact of cancer in various ways.
Sajak also spoke to ’90s rapper Vanilla Ice during her postgame chat. He played for an organization in Palm Beach called Little Smiles. The group works with terminally ill children in a similar fashion to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The musician also shared that he got some advice from his grandmother before his appearance. She told him that “R, E, S, T, and L” are the most common letters to choose. Additionally, Vanilla Ice called it a “dream come true” to be on the game show.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Explains Why It Took So Long to Create Celebrity Version of Show
In early 2021, the show welcomed celebrities to spin the wheel for the first time in Wheel of Fortune‘s history. Just recently, the spinoff series made its return for a second season. Yet many fans likely don’t know the celebrity edition of the game show is years in the making.
In an Entertainment Weekly interview earlier this year, host Pat Sajak touched on why it took so long to create Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.
“Part of it is, we’ve always been careful about not getting the show overexposed,” Sajak said to Entertainment Weekly. “We’ve been on a very long time, and I don’t know how much Wheel is too much. But you don’t want to water the product down too much. And this seemed like the time to do it because of what’s going on in the world.”
The COVID-19 pandemic is also an additional factor as to why the network added the spinoff. They felt like it was the right time to expand the famous game show since millions of Americans were stuck at home craving content and entertainment.
“Wheel of Fortune is kind of a sign of normalcy for people; they were very glad to have us back on the air. So this seemed like a good time to expand into prime time a little bit. At least one time, and extend that normalcy. And also, the networks frankly need programming. A lot of stuff can’t shoot the way [we] do, so the timing worked out. It was good for everybody,” Sajak noted.