Vanna White has been turning letters on Wheel of Fortune for 40 years now, and during that time, she's had highs and lows with host Pat Sajak. On recent episodes, he's walked off stage because of things she's said, he's asked her somewhat inappropriate questions, he's uttered what some considered offensive comments to her, and he's caused some awkward moments. However even with all of that, they still love each other like family, so when he recently spoke about her milestone anniversary with the show, she couldn't help but cry.
Footage of Vanna's 40th anniversary celebration was shared on the game show's Instagram. The caption read, "Only the best for our favorite fashion icon, letter-turner, and person with a soul as beautiful as she is." In the clip, a large cake is wheeled out for Vanna, who is surrounded by the show's staff. The puzzle board behind them shows "Happy 40th Anniversary!"
Pat then says, "Folks, it was 40 years ago on this very date that this young lady walked into the studio, trembling and did her first Wheel of Fortune. And here she is. Happy 40th my dear." He then hugs and kisses the cheek of his teary-eyed co-host. She responds to the love stating, "I can't believe it's been 40 years, I'm overwhelmed. I just- thank you." Then Pat jokes that Vanna is going to "do her song," a suggestion she shrugs off saying, "No I'm not."
Vanna commented on the Instagram post saying, "It seems like only yesterday!" Meanwhile, her fans had much to say as well, writing things like, "You look just as beautiful as the day you started Wheel! Happy 40th anniversary," and "Thank you Vanna!" and "Protect Vanna at all costs. This woman is a legend."
Vanna, a South Carolina native, was one of 200 woman to audition for the show and wasn't Pat's first choice. On CBS Sunday Morning, he revealed he didn't recommend Vanna to show creator Merv Griffin, explaining, "Not that she wasn't lovely and wonderful and personable and all that, but she was the most nervous, by far, of any of them."