Wheel of Fortune has seen its fair share of interesting and unique characters throughout its 39 seasons, but the latest contestant had Twitter divided.
Tuesday, January 11ths episode of Wheel welcomed a very energized character named Heidi.
While some people on Twitter were really vibing with her energy, others made it clear that she was entirely too much.
“Yo this lady has to calm down just a bit,” one user tweeted.
— Jenna (but anxious) (@rockstarjenjen) January 12, 2022
— Ernie W. Webb III (@Ernie_Webb_3) January 12, 2022
But most people were just over it.
“Get Heidi off my screen, please,” one fan wrote.
But others thought his expression was absolutely hilarious: “Damon had me cackling with his reaction to knowing the answer and it not being his turn.”
No one was spared from Twitter’s wrath as the third contestant offered up the answer “lite-breaking news” instead of “late-breaking news,” and people couldn’t handle the flub.
— MsJessicaB (@MsJessicaB) January 12, 2022
— Ernie W. Webb III (@Ernie_Webb_3) January 12, 2022
— bee (@bklinez) January 12, 2022
And all three contestants were called out for not knowing the song lyric to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.”
I'm sorry, was she confused by an ELTON JOHN SONG?! #WheelOfFortune
— ssss (@selmasays_) January 12, 2022
These #WheelOfFortune contestants are a disgrace. They have no clue who Elton John is?
— Danielle (@PrimaDanielle) January 12, 2022
However, Heidi seemed to get the last laugh as she took home upwards of $50,000!
All in all, one user summarized it as the “worst episode of Wheel of Fortune.”
Would you agree?
After that episode I wish I was dead. #WheelOfFortune
— Wheel Watcher (@wheelwatcha) January 12, 2022
Pat Sajak Kicks Off Final Run on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Season 41
The beginning of the end is officially upon us!
Wheel of Fortune Season 41 was set to kick off today, September 11, 2023, with a momentous premiere marking Pat Sajak’s final spin with the game show. Unfortunately, due to the Monday Night’s NFL Kickoff, the episode will not be airing in its regularly scheduled slot of 6:30 p.m. CT in some markets. Instead, episode 401 was preempted and scheduled on the lineup to air at 3:07 a.m. CT, while the second episode of the season, is set to air normally on September 12th at 6:30 p.m. CT.
The article has been updated to reflect this schedule change.
The longtime host announced his departure this summer. He has helmed the game show for 40 years alongside Vanna White, who is also set to return for the 41st season, though she will be away for a week as she came down with COVID-19 while filming, forcing her to miss a handful of episodes.
Still, it’s going to be a season to remember as things will never be the same again once Ryan Seacrest takes over, replacing Sajak in 2024. Sajak first joined in 1981, filling the spot previously held by Chuck Woolery and making the game show an American staple.
However, Sajak was ready to close this chapter of his life, previously declaring, “Well, the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last. It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months.”
Fans aren’t looking forward to the change, with many commenting that it’s the “last” season they will watch on the WOF Instagram and Twitter posts promoting the premiere.
Guess who's back?
Back again (for the 41st time)? pic.twitter.com/11U14KQjIk
— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) September 5, 2023
Wheel of Fortune Season 41 will kick off with the theme “European Vacation,” airing episodes every night of the week at 6:30 pm CT on ABC.
It’s unclear if White, who hasn’t gotten a raise in 18 years, will continue on with the show once Seacrest takes over, but since she’s so iconic and integral to the show’s success, we hope that she gets what she deserves!
And we hope everyone enjoys the final season with the iconic duo of Sajak and White!
When Is Pat Sajak Leaving ‘Wheel of Fortune’?
The end is near for Pat Sajak… well, almost.
On June 12, Sajak announced his retirement from the long-running game show—which he’s helmed for 40 years—writing, “Well, the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last. It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months.”
The news shook fans, though it wasn’t entirely unexpected as he’s previously spoken out about a natural order of things, noting that everything must come to an end.
Since then, Wheel of Fortune has announced a replacement with American Idol host and former Live with Kelly and Ryan host Ryan Seacrest taking the reins.
Thankfully, fans will have ample time to get adjusted as the change won’t happen until Wheel of Fortune Season 42, which is set to air in 2024.
Sajak will stick around through the 41st season expected to air later this year in the fall. The new season is set to premiere on September 11, 2023.
America’s beloved game show wrapped up its 40th season on June 9, 2023—and Sajak has been having tons of fun with it. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for his final hurrah as we have no doubt the brains behind the scenes will make it special for Sajak and the loyal fans at home.
As for everyone wondering about Vanna White’s future, the immediate info is that she plans to stick around.
Is Vanna White Leaving ‘Wheel of Fortune’?
With Pat Sajak’s retirement announcement and the news that Ryan Seacrest is replacing him as a host starting with season 42, it’s understandable that fans are worried about Vanna White’s place on Wheel of Fortune.
Is her job secure? She’s only been the face of the brand alongside Sajak for 40 years!
The outlet revealed that she is “eyeing” a future with WOF beyond its 41st season, which will be Sajak’s final installment.
While a deal has not been reached yet, according to the outlet, she is allegedly asking for a pay raise as she’s never gotten one in 18 years.
Seacrest addressed his takeover of the game show shortly after the official WOF social media account named him as Sajak’s replacement, and he seemed keen on working alongside White, who fans know and love for being a welcoming presence and for her elaborate and incredible fashion pieces.
“I can’t wait to continue the tradition of spinning the wheel and working alongside the great Vanna White,” the American Idol host said in his statement while acknowledging that it’s “been a privilege and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them.”
Wheel of Fortune pic.twitter.com/pQeTpWsPx7
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 27, 2023
White has yet to speak out on all the changes happening behind the scenes of America’s game show, but it’s comforting to know that she plans to stick around for the time being and that fans won’t have to lose both Sajak and White simultaneously.
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