White reportedly got sick while filming “Teacher’s Week,” FOX News reported.
The episodes could not be rescheduled due to the school year starting, so Bridgette Donald-Blue, the 2023 California Teacher of the Year, stepped in as White’s replacement while she recovered.
This is the first time in 30 years White has missed an episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” Throughout her 41 years on the show, she has been absent only three times since starting in 1982.
Her absence comes in the wake of Pat Sajak’s retirement announcement. Ryan Seacrest has been named as the next “Wheel of Fortune” host.
Will Vanna be staying when Seacrest starts? According to FOX News, White has expressed her intention to remain on the show under the condition of a pay raise. Negotiations for her contract renewal are reportedly ongoing.
FOX reports Vanna has made $3 million a year for about 20 years. Sajak was reported to be making $15 million a year to host as of 2016, the news outlet reported.
There’s no word on how much Seacrest is expected to be paid as host.