Vanna White was compelled to overlook every week of filming Wheel Of Fortune in July after contracting COVID-19, Puck News reviews. The episodes had been a part of “Trainer’s Week,” and are anticipated to air in October. Throughout her absence, Vanna was changed by Bridgette Donald-Blue, who was the recipient of Trainer of the 12 months. That is simply the fourth time in Vanna’s tenure that she’s been absent from Wheel. In 1986, she took day off following the loss of life of her boyfriend and in 1991 she spent two weeks away for her honeymoon, in addition to dwelling sick with a chilly. HollywoodLife has reached out to reps at Wheel of Fortune for remark.
Though Vanna solely missed just a few days of filming, the timing comes amidst negotiations for her contract. Earlier this 12 months, Pat Sajak introduced that he’d be leaving the present in 2024 when his contract with Sony Footage Tv is up. Vanna’s contract ends on the finish of the identical season, and he or she is reportedly within the midst of negotiating with Sony for a much bigger payday.
In July, Vanna reportedly reached a partial take care of the corporate, however solely involving Movie star Wheel of Fortune, in line with TMZ. The positioning reviews that she is going to now make $100,000 per episode for Movie star Wheel. Nevertheless, Vanna is reportedly asking for half of Pat’s wage for the syndicated Wheel present, as nicely, which is the place the negotiations proceed. Her wage has been the identical for the previous 18 years.
Whereas Vanna’s future with the present nonetheless stays unsure, Pat shall be changed by Ryan Seacrest for the 2024/2025 season. After Pat introduced his departure in June, Vanna opened up about how a lot she’ll miss him on set. “After we began Wheel Of Fortune who might have imagined we’d nonetheless be at it 41 years later?” Vanna tweeted. “I couldn’t have been happier to have shared the stage with you for all these years with yet one more to return. Cheers to you, Pat Sajak.”
On the finish of June, Pat despatched a welcome message to Ryan, the place he seemed forward to passing the baton. “I’m trying ahead to my ultimate season an then handing the automobile keys over to Ryan in September 2024,” he wrote on Twitter. The forty first season of Wheel premieres on Sept. 11.