Vanna White in ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contract talks after no raise in 18 years

Vanna White's future at Wheel of Fortune is up in the air amid Pat Sajak's retirement.  (Photo: Getty Images)

Vanna White’s future at Wheel of Fortune in the air in the middle of Pat Sajak’s retirement. (Photo: Getty Images)

Vanna White’s future at Wheel of Fortune could be in danger, according to a new report, as the show’s longtime co-host tries to negotiate a new contract. Puck claims White, 66, hasn’t received a raise in 18 years – and is said to have ‘hired an aggressive new lawyer’ amid Pat Sajak’s impending retirement.

Is there really a world in which White will be ousted? And what does his contract look like now? Here’s what happens.

Sony and White are in talks

Weekly entertainment confirmed that the two parties were in negotiations despite Sajak’s retirement. However, as of Friday afternoon, no deal had been reached and everything is still up in the air.

White has earned less than Sajak for decades

Puck quoted a Sony source who claimed White earned about $3 million a year, about five times less than Sajak. (In 2016, Forbes reported that Sajak raked in $15 million a year.) Sure, Sajak played a bigger role, but White is just as synonymous with the show. Actually, PuckThe source noted that it is White who fulfills the most press obligations. She’s also been on set longer because of hair, makeup, and wardrobe duties. White, who celebrated her 40th birthday on the show in December, has worn more than 7,000 dresses according to Wheel of Fortunethe website of.

Who is his “aggressive new lawyer”?

White is rumored to have hired Bryan Freedman, a top entertainment litigator whose clients included Tucker Carlson, Chris Cuomo and fired Danger! television host and producer Mike Richards.

White’s role could be eliminated

White’s contract expires at the end of the 2023-24 season and Sajak has announced he will retire at the end of Season 41. According to Puck, all options are on the table at Sony. If they get a big enough name to take over from Sajak, White could be fired.

But a source close to Sony denies White is on the chopping block

After the Puck The report made waves, with a source close to the game show telling TVLine that “there are no plans to eliminate Vanna’s role”, adding, “Sony is in active talks to renew Vanna’s deal. beyond his current contract.

A representative for the show did not respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment. White has not publicly addressed the report.

What did White say about Sajak’s retirement?

Earlier this month, the former model congratulated Sajak after her announcement.

“When we started @WheelofFortune, who could have imagined that we would still be here 41 seasons later? Couldn’t be happier to have shared the stage with you all these years with another to come.” she tweeted.

White previously called it “depressing” to think back to his time with Sajak and Wheel of Fortune coming to an end.

“I don’t even want to think about it. I mean, we’re a team,” she said. People in December. “It’s depressing. I don’t even want to think about it.”

White confirmed that “it’s” hard to imagine a time when neither she nor Sajak would host the iconic show. “I just visualize us there. I can’t think beyond that,” she explained, adding that she had “no idea” if this would continue without them.

“I can’t imagine. Everyone says Wheel of Fortune to Pat and Vanna. We’re like Ken and Barbie, you know?” she told the magazine. “We’ve been at everybody’s house for 40 years, so it would be weird if someone else turned my letters.”

White has the support of many Wheel of Fortune Fans

After Sajak’s announcement, viewers pushed for White to replace her friend and co-host. After last week’s report claimed she hadn’t had a raise in nearly two decades, passionate fans have spoken out in favor of the longtime host.

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