Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White has finally extended her contract on the show for another two years after months of negotiations – while Pat Sajak’s daughter Maggie has secured a bigger role after being rejected as her father’s replacement.
Vanna, 66, has been in a “stubborn” standoff with ABC bosses for weeks as she fought for a pay rise after news broke of Pat’s disastrous exit after going years without a pay rise.
However, it appears that the longtime co-host is no longer at odds with executives as it has been officially confirmed that she has been signed on for the 2025 to 2026 seasons.
Accordingly TMZThe renewed deal comes after bosses agreed to give Vanna a “significant increase” to her annual salary of $3 million – which, the magazine reports, is her first pay rise in 18 years.
Vanna White has extended her contract with Wheel of Fortune for another two years
Bosses at the ABC game show reportedly agreed to give Vanna a “significant increase” in her $3 million annual salary
In comparison, the publication claims that Pat took home some eye candy $15 million per season.
It was also announced that Pat’s daughter Maggie, 28, who acts as the show’s social media correspondent, will be fronting a new weekly competition called Fan Fridays, which aims to give more viewers a chance to win money, holidays and merchandise.
Maggie’s shiny new gig comes after fans were disappointed that she was overlooked as Pat’s successor and game show host Ryan Seacrest, 48, was named as his successor instead.
Last month, it was revealed that there had been some “hiccups” between Vanna and the show’s producers during her contract negotiations.
“They both know they have a lot of time to do this and have more discussions to have, but each wants something accomplished and doesn’t want Pat’s final year to be marred by the constant news of the on-again, off-again contract dispute drama,” one said Insider told DailyMail. com.
“They want to celebrate this year with little to no drama.”
The source added that there were some issues that led to a slight stalemate in negotiations as this could be Vanna’s last Wheel of Fortune contract.
“Wheel wants to make the transition between Pat and Ryan seamless and having Vanna along would be wonderful to make that all possible,” the insider continued.
“However, they want their next contract to be their last contract so that they have a little more flexibility to change things when they look for their replacement in a few years.”
The source explained that Vanna still stuck to her demand for a bigger payday, adding, “Vanna is actually fine with it, she just wants a huge payday, which the show can’t even consider at this point.”
Vanna has been in a “stubborn” standoff with bosses at the ABC show for weeks
Her outgoing co-star Pat Sajak reportedly took home $15 million per season
Ryan Seacrest has been named the new Wheel of Fortune host, replacing Pat
“It depends on who will give in first, but neither of them blinks yet. “Vanna wants to go out on her terms and retire when she’s ready to call it a day with a nice paycheck.”
While Vanna has signed up for two more years, Maggie has also started her new job on the Wheel of Fortune.
To introduce the new viewer appreciation initiative, she hit the road with Collette, a long-time employee of Wheel of Fortune, the global tour operator, to give fans a glimpse of what her tours have to offer.
It will highlight stops in Newport, Rhode Island, Portland, ME, New York City, stops across Europe, and others along the way.
On Fan Fridays, Maggie will also present weekly prizes while unveiling a Word of the Day, which Wheel Watchers Club members can enter online to be eligible to win.
“Wheel of Fortune” kicked off its 41st season earlier this week, marking the beginning of the end of Pat’s tenure as host.
Pat Sajak’s daughter Maggie will host a new weekly competition called Fan Fridays
She will remain on the show for two more seasons – while Pat will be exiting this series
There had been a few “hiccups” during contract negotiations between Vanna and the show’s producers – but everything seemed to have been sorted out
Longtime host Pat is stepping down at the end of season 41 after nearly four decades
In June, he announced he was retiring from the show, which he has hosted since 1983.
“I have decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last,” he tweeted at the time.
He continued: “It’s been a wonderful ride and I’ll have more to say in the coming months.” Thank you all. (If nothing else, it will keep the clickbait sites busy!)
“Thank you to the best host in the business. “Wheel of Fortune wouldn’t be what it is today without you, Pat. I look forward to Season 41 being better than ever!”
Earlier this week, Pat’s replacement Ryan revealed that he has already started rehearsals for his upcoming role as host of Wheel of Fortune – in his own living room.
The veteran television host appeared on Good Morning America on Monday, where he discussed taking over from Pat in 2024.
“I scream loudly for the puzzles and my dog stares at me,” he admitted. “I also practice the hosting part in my living room too.”
Ryan will begin his reign on Wheel in 2024 after Sajak’s 41st season, which premiered on September 11th.