With the subreddit r/WheelOfFortune, u/CourtK1212 started the conversation about Vanna White’s role in ‘Wheel of Fortune’ by saying: ‘In today’s society where women are more than just showgirls, is she really necessary? do you feel that “The game would be different if the letters just appeared instead of activating them? I know she filled in for Pat when he was sick. It would be cool to see them as cohosts or something. Better give her a more important job than.” just look pretty.”
u/asiandawgshy replied that although the technology is there to make the letters flip themselves, the show gets a more human feel when a real person is there. u/angelamartini also had an opinion, responding that White actually adds a lot more to the show than just flipping letters and doesn’t recognize the anti-woman sentiment highlighted by the original post. They then wondered what the show would be like without Pat Sajak and White’s interactions. u/wheelmasterdave also agreed, saying that when Sajak needed surgery, White stepped in as hostess and a person in a Minnie Mouse costume took her place and gestured at the letters, rather than walking across the board and flipping them in person . showing that the technology actually exists.
Another Reddit user added, “It’s not about if they can. Pat and Vanna ARE WOF. Decades of tradition (and high ratings) show that they do exactly what people want them to do. She reportedly makes over $10 million a year. She wouldn’t pay her if it didn’t make financial sense. People want Pat AND Vanna.”