Vanna White stumbles while hosting 'Wheel of Fortune': 'How do you do this show?'
After 37 years of turning letters on Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White finally got to take the hosting job for a spin. She stepped in for longtime host Pat Sajak at the last minute because he had to have emergency surgery on a blocked intestine.
Considering she was thrust into the role on short notice, White performed admirably. Last week she discussed being “very nervous” about filling in for Sajak. "Normally I just stand there and I turn my letters, and I’m just happy as can be not having to worry about anything else," she explained to the New York Times. "But here I am controlling the game, so logistically it was much harder.”
Tonight’s my first night of hosting Wheel! I’m excited and nervous! Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/4Jsz3UePFp
— Vanna White (@TheVannaWhite) December 9, 2019
While she did fairly well, White had an embarrassing moment during the “Final Spin.” She only managed to spin the wheel about half a rotation, commenting “That wheel is heavy!” She then became confused as to which of the three contestant arrows selected the prize amount. She exclaimed, “Oh, no, I'm looking at the wrong arrow!” Following it up with a joke, “How do you do this show?”
The response on Twitter was mixed. While many fans were happy to see White host the show, most admitted she was a little awkward.
I know Vanna White is out of her comfort zone - but good for her for stepping up! YOU GAT THIS VANNA!!! 💗
— ARP (@ARP64157353) December 10, 2019
Vanna White finally broke that glass ceiling? #wheeloffortune pic.twitter.com/39wtCl6tyn
— LadyL ☀️🇺🇸 (@LadyLecondoliak) December 10, 2019
I’m awkward, but not Vanna White hosting Wheel of Fortune, awkward.
— Lindsay (@Rollinintheseat) December 10, 2019
Watching Vanna White doing #WheelofFortune is exciting as it’s a woman doing the show... BUT ALSO it’s very awkward...she’s very mechanical... but a cool switch up
— ashley (@AshleyC829) December 10, 2019
For some reason Vanna White is hosting Wheel of Fortune right now and it’s throwing me off because she’s clearly not a natural and she’s trying her best to imitate Pat’s natural charisma.....So where he at sis cuz I’m tired pic.twitter.com/ktz9qZ18fC
— Notorious K.I.A. (@Ki_dat_kid) December 10, 2019
Vanna White has been watching Pat Sajak for almost 40 years and can’t do his job for one night. That’s wild
— teala (@teala) December 10, 2019
While White’s first show was a little bumpy, she will hopefully become more comfortable as she gets some practice. White will host the show for the next two weeks.
Wheel of Fortune airs weekdays, check their site for local listings.
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