Airing on Sunday nights, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” is a spin-off of the American game show “Wheel of Fortune” that debuted in 1975. Just like the main version, game show guests compete to win big bucks — but it’s time for guests are celebrities. Each episode features hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White alongside three celebrity contestants trying to solve word puzzles and spin the famous wheel of fortune. Prize money won from taking part in the show goes to charity.
The first season of the ABC network’s primetime show had average ratings of 0.91 and 6.51 million viewers, which was a good performance. The second season however witnessed a drastic drop in average ratings reaching as low as 0.47 while viewership dropped to 3.87.
Will “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” be renewed for a third season? This article answers that question and provides other interesting info about the event.
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Most Important Moment From “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” Season 2
“Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” season two featured several celebrity guests across 13 episodes, such as:
- Jason Alexander
- Anthony Anderson
- Titus Burgess
- Brooke Burns
- Lacey Chabert
- Johnny Weir
- Mario Cantone
- Laverne Cox
- Joey Fatone
- Marcia Cross
- Vivica A. Fox
- Anthony Michael Hall
- John Michael Higgins
- Melissa Joan Hart
- Vanilla Ice
- Tara Lipinski
- Von Miller
- Michael Mizanin
- Jason Mraz
- Wanya Morris
- Haley Joel Osment
- Caroline Rhea
- Donny Osmond
- James Pickens Jr.
- Spelling Tori
- Andy Richter
- Amber Riley
- Jodie Sweetin
- Shawn Stockman
- Curtis stone
- Nia Vardalos
- City of Karl-Anthony
- Michelle Trachtenberg
Here are some key highlights from the entire season.
Caroline Rhea calculates her bonus round:
Caroline Rhea is not new to the game show. She appeared in “Hollywood Squares,” contested in “Celebrity Family Feud,” and now “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.” The British actor and comedian appeared in episode two of the show, alongside Vanilla Ice and Andy Richter, and as expected – Rhea stole the show.
He won the main game for a total of $43,000. He then proceeds to the bonus round where he gets to solve the puzzle.
Perhaps, he could win a million dollars if he was lucky enough to pick a million dollar prize money envelope when the wheel was spinning.
Rhea won $75,000 in the bonus round, bringing her total to $118,000, won for the Dempsey Center Maine which helps cancer patients.
First million dollar jackpot:
Episode four of the show featured celebrity contestants such as Titus Burgess, Lacey Chabert, and Melissa Joan Hart — however, it was Hart who became the first winner of the million-dollar “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.” It was a tense moment when the star actress tried the bonus round puzzle that won her the jackpot.
Syndicate “Vanna looked at me and said, ‘You got it! You got it!’ I hit the roof. He hit the roof,” Hart said. “It was very interesting and quite stressful; I rarely win game shows,” he added.
At his request, Hart was given a million-dollar winning card with his event nametag. Prize money — $1,039,800 — was won for Youth Villages, a charitable organization that helps troubled children, youth, and their families.
Jason Mraz lost a lot of money:
Episode seven features Michelle Trachtenberg, Vivica A. Fox, and Jason Mraz. However, a sensational American singer and guitarist dominates the episode, almost reaching its climax.
Mraz plays a bonus round where he has to put together a word puzzle for a kitchen utensil — a brownie pan — that he can’t do.
Pat Sajak later revealed that the bonus round would win him a million dollars if he got the answer.
“You know, you open these things, you wish for good things. And then you have to show this,” Sajak said as he revealed the one million dollar prize the singer had lost.
Quite disappointing! Jason Mraz won $139,300.
About the Hosts of “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”
While we’ve seen many celebrity guests appear on the show, the show has only had two hosts in its two seasons—Pat Sajak and Vanna White. Perhaps, the list would be three if we added the show’s announcer, Jim Thornton.
Here’s what we know about the presenter.
75 year old American TV personality Patrick Leonard Sajdak — Pat Sajak for short — is the host of “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.” The actor and producer is best known for his roles in “Airplane II: The Sequel” and “The A-Team.”
Rhymes are not new to the “Wheel of Fortune” syndicate. The veteran actor has hosted the show since 1981 — more than four decades now.
For his work on syndicated shows, Sajak has been nominated 19 times for the Outstanding Game Show Host Daytime Emmy Awards, for which he won three.
Prior to starting his TV career, Sajak enlisted with the US army in 1968 as Specialist 5. He served for one year, during which he fought in the Vietnam war.
Sajak married Lesly Brown in 1989. The couple are still together and they have two children.
White Vanna was chosen to replace host Susan Stafford who left the show in October 1982. Born Vanna Marie Angel to Miguel and Joan Angel, Vanna took the name ‘White’ from her stepfather, Herbet White — the man who raised her. His biological father disappeared shortly after his birth.
Before starting her TV career, White competed for Miss Georgia USA in 1978 – she was the fourth runner-up. Two years later he made his first TV appearance on the show, “The Price is Right.”
He also appeared in the film “Gypsy Angels” in 1980, although the film was not released until 1990. In a career that spanned more than four decades, White has appeared in several TV shows, such as “LA Law,” “Simon and Simon, “Full House,” and more.
However, she is known for her role as a co-host on “Wheel of Fortune.” In 2013, White received a Guinness World Record certificate honoring him as the most frequent clapper. Amazing isn’t it? He is said to have applauded more than 3 million times across the show’s 30 seasons in 2013 – an average of 606 claps per episode.
White’s last known marriage was to George Santopietro in 1990 with whom he has two children. The couple divorced in 2002. Outside of his media career, White has invested heavily in Real Estate – he primarily has a thing for flipping houses. She also uses her spare time to knit.
Jim Thornton is an American voice actor, as well as a radio and TV presenter. He is best known for many video games, TV shows, and movie voiceovers.
Thornton narrates parts of “Monsters, Inc.” He was also an announcer on the MTV adult stop-motion series “Celebrity Deathmatch,” as well as “The Price is Right” following Rod Roddy’s death.
Is “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” Season 3 Coming Out?
We’re excited to announce that ABC intends to keep the wheels spinning for another season—the show will be returning for a third season.
The ABC announced it on May 13, 2022, via the event’s official Twitter account. ABC show fans are excited to see the show back as they welcomed the news with some fun emojis and comments.
There has been no official announcement regarding the premiere date. BuddyTV will keep you updated as soon as there is an update.
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