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Wheel of Fortune has been an American institution for years. It’s one of the most recognizable game shows in the country. In fact, it’s been running so long and so consistently that its host, Pat Sajak, has broken a Guinness world record for longest-running games show host. His co-host, Vanna White, is also an iconic part of the show, and was a regular visitor to plenty of American television sets. So perhaps that might explain why, when Vanna White was featured in Playboy magazine, fans were shocked. And no one was more upset than Vanna White herself.
Vanna White was a household name
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Whether you loved her or hated her, Vanna White rapidly became a household name due to her work on Wheel of Fortune. She was iconic in her various gowns and dresses, with which Pat Sajak always tried to match his tie — to varying degrees of success.
In fact, Vanna gained what Washington Post referred to as ‘first-name-recognition,’ so ubiquitous was she in the game show world. And as with anyone who gains rapid fame, especially if they’re a woman, folks had plenty to say — positive and negative.
In 1987 the Miami Herald put an article to press entitled, “How Much Vanna can we Stanna?”
The author asked, “What if Barbie came to life, changed her name to Vanna White and found a job turning letters on the most successful game show in television history?”
“I’ve dealt with criticism by making fun of my job. It is what it is. I’ll be the first to make fun of it. It’s funny,” admitted Vanna White.
However, nobody can deny that White has become a mainstay. Folks of all ages and backgrounds in the United States have watched her for decades — many basically grew up with White on their television screen only for the same to continue into adulthood.
She never expected to appear on Playboy
Perhaps this consistency and its household nature led to fans being shocked when Vanna White appeared in Playboy magazine. However, White herself was equally shocked — she had not expected her photos to appear.
“Here’s the thing. When I first moved to Hollywood, I was too embarrassed to ask my dad for rent money,” explained White to E!.
“I was young and I wanted to do it on my own. So, I did these lingerie shots and from the moment I said I would do them, I thought, ‘I shouldn’t be doing this, but I’m not going to ask my dad for money, so I’m just going to do it!’” she explained.
“Once I got Wheel of Fortune and some fame, Hugh Hefner then bought those pictures. He’s the one who put me on the cover of the magazine,” she revealed. “I didn’t do it for Playboy. I did not want them on there, but it happened.”
‘Wheel of Fortune’ star took Playboy to court
The reaction to Vanna White appearing in Playboy was severe, and she felt compelled to appear on Johnny Carson to make an apology.
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“I was very thankful that I had such support behind me. I remember going on [The Tonight Show With] Johnny Carson and saying, ‘I’m so sorry, this is what happened.’ And this is a lesson that applies today: Never do anything that you don’t want to do,” she said.
She revealed that she was friends with Hugh Hefner and asked him not to run the photos, but he did anyway. White filed a $5.2 million lawsuit against Playboy, and also sued Hefner in federal court.
Vanna White Drops Bombshell 2020
White later dropped the lawsuits. She explained that, “Playboy’s promotion efforts … have led the public to believe the photographs are more revealing and provocative than they actually are.”
As a result, she suggested, “Non-publication of the photographs under these circumstances may very well be more damaging to me and my career than the injury which I will undoubtedly suffer from publication.”
Vanna White is sharing her holiday spirit with her followers. The Wheel of Fortune star posted her family’s Christmas card onto her social media. The keepsake featured her with her husband, John, and her two children, Gigi and Niko. The card also had a special message, “Wishing you love, joy and peace this holiday season.”
Many of her fans appreciated the brief glimpse of her family and were glad to see the Wheel of Fortune personality send her best wishes during the holiday season. “Happy holiday to you too,” one user wrote on Twitter. “May have a Happy New Year as well.” Another wrote, “Beautiful family! Happy holidays to you and your family as well.” The hostess’s two children are from her previous marriage to George Santo Pietro.
Earlier in the year when Wheel of Fortune was pulled from its set as the coronavirus pandemic began to force Hollywood into a standstill, White told PopCulture.com that she is greatly missing Pat Sajak and her entire Wheel of FortuneLoto keno. family as the show halted its production. “You don’t realize when you’ve been working with people for 20-30 years that you do miss them when you don’t see them,” she explained. “When we go to work, it’s a happy place.” White began her job on the game show 37 years ago. Throughout her time on the series, she has been thrown into a hosting position twice, most recently an extended stay as a fill-in for Sajak after he underwent a surprise surgery after a blocked intestine.
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White and the rest of her Wheel of Fortune family made their grand return to the production set over the summer with the first new episode airing on Sept. 14 to kick off the 38th season. With COVID-19 continuing to be a major problem for the country, the show had to make a few adjustments to get itself back up and running. Among the most notable was the usage of a protective sleeve that the three players use to spin the wheel as a means to avoid touching the wheel with their hands. Wheel of Fortune also implemented six feet of separation between its contestants and other various safety measures to come into compliance. With the show back up and running, White, Sajak and their entire Wheel of Fortune family are surely thankful this holiday season for the resumption of the show.