How Many Times Has Vanna White Hosted ‘Wheel of Fortune’? It Depends

How many times has Vanna White hosted Wheel of Fortune?

There are actually multiple answers to this question depending on how you consider it. On Vanna White’s IMDb page, she is officially credited as a Hostess of the show and has been since she first started working on Wheel back in 1982. So technically, Vanna has hosted the show nearly 7,000 times, thank you very much.

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Of course, this is her first stint performing Pat Sajak’s specific hosting duties like talking to the contestants and moving the show along. Or is it? True Wheel of Fortune fans know that Vanna took over for Pat Sajak on one other occasion.

Back in 1996, Pat and Vanna switched places for the Final Round puzzle. Pat had laryngitis that night and wanted to give his voice a break. He gamely strode to the puzzle board and tried his hand at flipping the letters (this was back before the show had gone digital, obviously), and Vanna stood up by the contestant and guided him through his selection of three consonants and a vowel. Here’s a very charming video of that puzzle:

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That was only for a single puzzle, though. This hosting stint is the first time Vanna has taken over Pat’s role for an entire show. In an interview with the New York Times, she revealed that she was very surprised when the show’s producers asked her to fill in for Pat on such short notice. “I’ve never even thought of that in 37 years,” she said. “And to be asked almost on the spot, ‘How do you feel about hosting the show?’ Like, what?!”

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