5 Things You Didn't Know About "Wheel of Fortune"

On October 26, 1946, Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak was born. Sajak has hosted the popular, syndicated game show known as Wheel since 1983. Game show aficionados will be surprised at the following things they might not know about Wheel of Fortune...


White Holds a World Record for Clapping White is famous for her quick and seamless revealing of letters on the game board, an infectious smile, and constant clapping in support of each episode's contestants. On the May 24, 2013 episode of Wheel of Fortune, White was presented with a Guinness World Record certificate for most frequent clapper. As of January 31, 2013, it was estimated she clapped at least 3,480,864 times across the show's 30 seasons. She had appeared in all but 10 of Wheel's 5,754 episodes to that point, during the show's modern syndicated run. That works out to an average number of 606 claps per show.

The Original Name of The Show Was Not "Wheel of Fortune" Originally, the game show was called “Shoppers Bazaar,” but media mogul Merv Griffin didn’t like it, and neither did the test audience. The game used a carnival-type wheel, puzzle board, and a somewhat confusing accounting board. In addition, the players didn't win cash.  Instead, they won fake money to buy prizes on the set.


The New “Wheel of Fortune” Proved to Be a Winner When the game was renamed “Wheel of Fortune” with a jazzed up wheel and puzzle board and cash prizes instead of products, it became a winner. There's only one famous wheel and it weighs 2,400 pounds and must be broken down and put back together whenever the show goes on the road. The show travels with more than 1 million pounds of equipment to tape in locations all across the country.

Host Pat Sajak Was Off The Show Tor Two Years Pat Sajak hosted the show for eight years before trying his luck hosting his own TV show from 1989-1990. While he was away, his spot at the wheel was filled by Bob Goen, who would later go on to co-host Entertainment Tonight. When Sajak’s show was canceled, he returned to host “Wheel” and has been there ever since.

Vanna White Has Never Worn The Same Dress Twice Since Vanna White has hosted the “Wheel of Fortune” for 38 seasons, she’s never worn the same thing twice. That means she’s worn more than 7,000 dresses over the years. Unfortunately, White says she does not get to keep any of the dresses.