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Vanna White Is Under Fire for Extending ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contract for 2 Years

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Vanna White Is Under Fire for Extending ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contract for 2 Years

  • Vanna White renewed her contract on “Wheel of Fortune” for more than two years.
  • But some fans feel that it is time for her to bow out of the game show.
  • White’s co-host, Pat Sajak, has announced his retirement and his successor has been named.

Television host Vanna White has decided to spend a few more years on the long-running game show, “Wheel of Fortune.” However, fans of the show are not happy about this and blasted her online.

White has reportedly signed a two-year extension on her contract, while her co-host, Pat Sajak, will be leaving “Wheel of Fortune” at the end of Season 41.

The two usually walk arm-in-arm after being introduced by the announcer on the show. This time, White will be alongside fellow TV presenter Ryan Seacrest, who will replace Sajak for Season 42 in the fall of 2024.

White’s contract will run until between 2025-2026, said producers on September 19, 2023. The 66-year-old game-show hostess has been on the since the 1980s.

Fans Say White Is ‘Too Old’ for the Show

Facebook users shared their views about White’s contract renewal and expressed their displeasure after learning she would stay on for two more years.

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“She needs to retire. I like her, but time for her to go also,” said one social media user on a Facebook post about the news. Another added, “I agree. Make room for the younger ones.”

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/today

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

Someone else commented, “You’re ready to retire and you’re a multi-millionaire. Just take it and go.” “It is time for her to retire,” one other person concurred.

Another Facebook user penned, “It will surprise me if she stays two more years, that woman is older than you realize!!! She needs to go when Pat goes!!!” While another exclaimed, “Right on!!!” in response.

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

User comment dated September 2023 | Source: Facebook/NYPost

Someone else commented on the post, “Needed to retire,” while another online user stated, “Too old and needs cheeseburger a few times a week.”

Another person wrote on the Facebook platform, “She’s too old. Step aside for a younger prettier replacement,” while one agreed, “Exactly.”

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Vanna White attends The Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years as America's Game at The Paley Center for Media on November 15, 2017 in New York City  | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White attends The Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years as America’s Game at The Paley Center for Media on November 15, 2017 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Pat Sajak and Vanna White on "Wheel of Fortune" | Source: Getty Images

Pat Sajak and Vanna White on “Wheel of Fortune” | Source: Getty Images

Although others are unhappy about White’s decision to stay on the show, some fans are rooting for her. They commented on the Facebook post with one person writing, “You’re great, Vanna.”

“They better pay your big bucks. She’s the only reason I’m going to tune in next season,” one individual penned. Another said, “She deserves it.”

Vanna White is honored by Gray Line New York's Ride Of Fame Campaign in Central Park on May 23, 2012 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White is honored by Gray Line New York’s Ride Of Fame Campaign in Central Park on May 23, 2012 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White during "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" at Sony Studios on September 12, 2006 in Culver City, California | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White during “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” at Sony Studios on September 12, 2006 in Culver City, California | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White on "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" on June 10, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White on “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” on June 10, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

One fan congratulated White, saying, “Congratulations! So glad you are staying on!” Another echoed the same sentiments, writing, “Congratulations! I’ve always liked her.”

One Facebook user candidly commented, “I’m a big Vanna fan. Bet she cried all the way to the bank because she hasn’t had a ‘pay raise’ for 20 years!”

White on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Bosses

Following news of Sajak’s retirement, an insider revealed how White reacted when the show’s bosses announced Seacrest as his successor instead of her. The source divulged the South Carolina native feels like the bosses think she is “replaceable” and do not respect her, adding:

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“She was disappointed that they didn’t give her more of a chance to take over Pat’s job, or that she wasn’t able to give her two cents on the replacement.”

Vanna White on "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" on December 3, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White on “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” on December 3, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' on October 7, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Vanna White on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ on October 7, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Sajak publicly announced his departure from “Wheel of Fortune” in June 2023 on Twitter. He began his post by stating the time had come for him to bow out, adding the 41st season would be his very last on the syndicated show.

“It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Many thanks to you all,” said the veteran television star, aged 76 – who has hosted the show since 1981.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White on "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" on December 3, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Pat Sajak and Vanna White on “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” on December 3, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Vann White and Pat Sajak attend a taping of the 'Wheel of Fortune's 35th Anniversary Season at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World on October 10, 2017 in Orlando, Florida | Source: Getty Images

Vann White and Pat Sajak attend a taping of the ‘Wheel of Fortune’s 35th Anniversary Season at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World on October 10, 2017 in Orlando, Florida | Source: Getty Images

Less than two weeks after his announcement, Seacrest was announced as his successor. The radio and TV personality spoke excitedly about his new upcoming gig during an appearance on “Good Morning America” in September 2018.

When asked how fun it would be for him to give away all the money during his tenure, he answered, “That’s the best part.” He revealed that he is a big fan of “Wheel of Fortune” and finds himself trying to work out the puzzles in his living room and that he has already started practicing to be the host.

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Facebook Faces Yet Another Outage: Platform Encounters Technical Issues Again

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Facebook Problem Again

Uppdated: It seems that today’s issues with Facebook haven’t affected as many users as the last time. A smaller group of people appears to be impacted this time around, which is a relief compared to the larger incident before. Nevertheless, it’s still frustrating for those affected, and hopefully, the issues will be resolved soon by the Facebook team.

Facebook had another problem today (March 20, 2024). According to Downdetector, a website that shows when other websites are not working, many people had trouble using Facebook.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has had issues. Just a little while ago, there was another problem that stopped people from using the site. Today, when people tried to use Facebook, it didn’t work like it should. People couldn’t see their friends’ posts, and sometimes the website wouldn’t even load.

Downdetector, which watches out for problems on websites, showed that lots of people were having trouble with Facebook. People from all over the world said they couldn’t use the site, and they were not happy about it.

When websites like Facebook have problems, it affects a lot of people. It’s not just about not being able to see posts or chat with friends. It can also impact businesses that use Facebook to reach customers.

Since Facebook owns Messenger and Instagram, the problems with Facebook also meant that people had trouble using these apps. It made the situation even more frustrating for many users, who rely on these apps to stay connected with others.

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During this recent problem, one thing is obvious: the internet is always changing, and even big websites like Facebook can have problems. While people wait for Facebook to fix the issue, it shows us how easily things online can go wrong. It’s a good reminder that we should have backup plans for staying connected online, just in case something like this happens again.

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Christian family goes in hiding after being cleared of blasphemy

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LAHORE, Pakistan — A court in Pakistan granted bail to a Christian falsely charged with blasphemy, but he and his family have separated and gone into hiding amid threats to their lives, sources said.

Haroon Shahzad (right) with attorney Aneeqa Maria. | The Voice Society/Morning Star News

Haroon Shahzad, 45, was released from Sargodha District Jail on Nov. 15, said his attorney, Aneeqa Maria. Shahzad was charged with blasphemy on June 30 after posting Bible verses on Facebook that infuriated Muslims, causing dozens of Christian families in Chak 49 Shumaali, near Sargodha in Punjab Province, to flee their homes.

Lahore High Court Judge Ali Baqir Najfi granted bail on Nov. 6, but the decision and his release on Nov. 15 were not made public until now due to security fears for his life, Maria said.

Shahzad told Morning Star News by telephone from an undisclosed location that the false accusation has changed his family’s lives forever.

“My family has been on the run from the time I was implicated in this false charge and arrested by the police under mob pressure,” Shahzad told Morning Star News. “My eldest daughter had just started her second year in college, but it’s been more than four months now that she hasn’t been able to return to her institution. My other children are also unable to resume their education as my family is compelled to change their location after 15-20 days as a security precaution.”

Though he was not tortured during incarceration, he said, the pain of being away from his family and thinking about their well-being and safety gave him countless sleepless nights.

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“All of this is due to the fact that the complainant, Imran Ladhar, has widely shared my photo on social media and declared me liable for death for alleged blasphemy,” he said in a choked voice. “As soon as Ladhar heard about my bail, he and his accomplices started gathering people in the village and incited them against me and my family. He’s trying his best to ensure that we are never able to go back to the village.”

Shahzad has met with his family only once since his release on bail, and they are unable to return to their village in the foreseeable future, he said.

“We are not together,” he told Morning Star News. “They are living at a relative’s house while I’m taking refuge elsewhere. I don’t know when this agonizing situation will come to an end.”

The Christian said the complainant, said to be a member of Islamist extremist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan and also allegedly connected with banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, filed the charge because of a grudge. Shahzad said he and his family had obtained valuable government land and allotted it for construction of a church building, and Ladhar and others had filed multiple cases against the allotment and lost all of them after a four-year legal battle.

“Another probable reason for Ladhar’s jealousy could be that we were financially better off than most Christian families of the village,” he said. “I was running a successful paint business in Sargodha city, but that too has shut down due to this case.”

Regarding the social media post, Shahzad said he had no intention of hurting Muslim sentiments by sharing the biblical verse on his Facebook page.

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“I posted the verse a week before Eid Al Adha [Feast of the Sacrifice] but I had no idea that it would be used to target me and my family,” he said. “In fact, when I came to know that Ladhar was provoking the villagers against me, I deleted the post and decided to meet the village elders to explain my position.”

The village elders were already influenced by Ladhar and refused to listen to him, Shahzad said.

“I was left with no option but to flee the village when I heard that Ladhar was amassing a mob to attack me,” he said.

Shahzad pleaded with government authorities for justice, saying he should not be punished for sharing a verse from the Bible that in no way constituted blasphemy.

Similar to other cases

Shahzad’s attorney, Maria, told Morning Star News that events in Shahzad’s case were similar to other blasphemy cases filed against Christians.

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“Defective investigation, mala fide on the part of the police and complainant, violent protests against the accused persons and threats to them and their families, forcing their displacement from their ancestral areas, have become hallmarks of all blasphemy allegations in Pakistan,” said Maria, head of The Voice Society, a Christian paralegal organization.

She said that the case filed against Shahzad was gross violation of Section 196 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which states that police cannot register a case under the Section 295-A blasphemy statute against a private citizen without the approval of the provincial government or federal agencies.

Maria added that Shahzad and his family have continued to suffer even though there was no evidence of blasphemy.

“The social stigma attached with a blasphemy accusation will likely have a long-lasting impact on their lives, whereas his accuser, Imran Ladhar, would not have to face any consequence of his false accusation,” she said.

The judge who granted bail noted that Shahzad was charged with blasphemy under Section 295-A, which is a non-cognizable offense, and Section 298, which is bailable. The judge also noted that police had not submitted the forensic report of Shahzad’s cell phone and said evidence was required to prove that the social media was blasphemous, according to Maria.

Bail was set at 100,000 Pakistani rupees (US $350) and two personal sureties, and the judge ordered police to further investigate, she said.

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Shahzad, a paint contractor, on June 29 posted on his Facebook page 1 Cor. 10:18-21 regarding food sacrificed to idols, as Muslims were beginning the four-day festival of Eid al-Adha, which involves slaughtering an animal and sharing the meat.

A Muslim villager took a screenshot of the post, sent it to local social media groups and accused Shahzad of likening Muslims to pagans and disrespecting the Abrahamic tradition of animal sacrifice.

Though Shahzad made no comment in the post, inflammatory or otherwise, the situation became tense after Friday prayers when announcements were made from mosque loudspeakers telling people to gather for a protest, family sources previously told Morning Star News.

Fearing violence as mobs grew in the village, most Christian families fled their homes, leaving everything behind.

In a bid to restore order, the police registered a case against Shahzad under Sections 295-A and 298. Section 295-A relates to “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs” and is punishable with imprisonment of up to 10 years and fine, or both. Section 298 prescribes up to one year in prison and a fine, or both, for hurting religious sentiments.

Pakistan ranked seventh on Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List of the most difficult places to be a Christian, up from eighth the previous year.

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