Vanna White reflects on first-ever 'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' and her most memorable moment ever

Kylie Mar
·Host & Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
·3 min read

Wheel of Fortune returned to primetime Thursday night for the first-ever celebrity edition of the popular game show, hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White. And before the premiere, White chatted with Yahoo's Last Night Now about the the show.

The initial celebrity guests were comedian and actress Leslie Jones, who won $107,400 for Feeding America in the first round, Grey's Anatomy star Chandra Wilson, and professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, who won big with a final total of $173,800 towards his charity, Feeding San Diego. White shared that there were many fun moments between takes with Jones and Hawk after their big wins.

“In a fun way they were joking. Like, ‘I wanted to be the big winner!’ Lots of money won for their favorite charities. It's great all around,” White said.

The full list of celebrities appearing on these special editions of Wheel of Fortune include Karamo Brown, Yvette Nicole Brown, Nicole Byer, Drew Carey, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jennie Garth, Chris Harrison, Teri Hatcher, Tony Hawk, Robert Herjavec, Leslie Jones, Jeannie Mai, Joel McHale, Maria Menounos, Chrissy Metz, Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt, Paul Reubens, Alfonso Ribeiro, Rob Riggle, Sherri Shepherd, Joe Tessitore, Chandra Wilson and Constance Zimmer.

As for which celebrity White was most surprised by on the show, White stated, "That's a tough question because they were all so good and they all brought something different to the table. Maybe, I have to say, Chris Harrison was a favorite for me only because I'm a fan of The Bachelor and Bachelorette. What can I say? You know, so, that was kinda fun”

White added, “The ones that were more quiet came out of their shell,” while also revealing that “the quiet ones won big.”

Filmed just one month ago, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune had several COVID-19 protocols in place. “They're so tight. It's so weird,” admitted White. “After our normal shows of 250 or 350 people in the audience and everybody. Now only essential people that have to be there are there. Behind the puzzle board, for example, there's, like, five guys and me. So there's this big glass thing between us, I'm there all by myself. Everything is separated and, of course, when I get my hair and makeup done, you know, hazmats are on. It's just different.”

White has had an amazing 38-year run on the hit game show thus far, and when asked what her most memorable moment has been, The WoF co-host laughed and shared that she will never forget her faux pas during a Christmas episode, in which one of the gifts on set became attached to the skirt of her dress.

“I'm pulling it back and forth as I'm walking, turning letters on the puzzle board. It's the craziest thing. I didn't even know it was attached, which was even funnier,” explained White, who concluded, “I'll never forget that.”

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune airs Thursdays at 8p.m. on ABC.

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