Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White said she is extremely close to her 95-year-old father, Herbert. In fact, she said she calls him every day to wish him a good morning and to say “I love you.”
Wheel of Fortune is in the middle of its week of Father’s Day episodes in the run-up to the actual holiday. And Sajak wanted to know how her father was doing.
After White gave her morning routine, Sajak told her to “give him our love. And we expect to talk about him when he’s 96, 97, et cetera, et cetera.”
Herbert White lives in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., near where Vanna White is from. Though, he isn’t her biological father. Her biological dad left when she was a young girl, and her mother married Herbert White. Vanna took his last name.
She shared a rare photo of her dad last year on her Instagram. She captioned it, “Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads in the world, especially mine! I love you, dad!”
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host: Father’s Day a ‘Raw Deal’
To announce the entire week of Wheel of Fortune episodes leading up to Father’s Day (June 20), Wheel of Fortune released a video with host Pat Sajak and his daughter Maggie. They discussed their lives and shared some of their favorite Father’s Day memories. And Sajak used his years as a father to deliver some pretty solid dad jokes.
Wheel of Fortune all week will only have fathers as contestants. It’s a first for the show, and something Sajak said he was excited about. But the Wheel of Fortune host did have a complaint about Father’s Day. Namely that he thought dad’s got a “raw deal” on the day.
The video between the Sajaks showcased that Maggie picked up some of her dad’s charisma.
“We have all contestants who are fathers, but today I’m gonna talk to my personal favorite father. Hey, dad,” Maggie joked in the clip.
“Thank you, very much,” Sajak said to his daughter. “I was a little worried I was gonna be like your second favorite.”
Pat Sajak used the video to pick a bone with Father’s Day, as he feels moms get the better deal for Mother’s Day.
“Fathers get a raw deal where that’s concerned,” Sajak said to his laughing daughter. “I mean, mothers get roses, they get breakfast in bed, I don’t even get a petunia and a waffle.”
“I had no idea you wanted a petunia, I’m sorry,” Maggie joked.