Ryan Seacrest has vowed to keep the wheel turning.
The newly-named “Wheel of Fortune” host, 48, recently discussed how he intends to run the show next year after Pat Sajak, 76, steps down.
“You don’t mess with it, just don’t mess with it,” he continued. “Just get out of the way, say ‘Good evening’ and let’s play.”
In June, shortly after Sajak announced his retirement after 41 seasons, Seacrest was named as his replacement.
Sajak is set to finish out this season, and then Seacrest will take the helm, alongside the legendary letter-turner, Vanna White, 66.
“I think I have so much adrenaline rushing through my body,” Seacrest told People. “Excitement is the word because it’s such a phenomenal show.”
“I’ve been a fan,” he continued. “I grew up watching the show and I can’t wait to take over after the legendary Pat Sajak.
The “American Idol” host even added that he felt like a “kid in a candy store,” excited by his upcoming hosting duties.
And, after a few long months of rumored negotiations between herself and the networks, it looks like White will be coming back to her role on the show, alongside Seacrest this time.
In June, Puck News reported that White hadn’t received a raise in 18 years, and reportedly hired Hollywood powerhouse attorney Bryan Freedman to help her negotiate a deal.
The outlet also reported that the star has been making $3 million per year since 2005, while a 2016 report from Forbes alleged that Sajak cashes in a hefty $15 million a year for the hosting gig.
However, last week, it was announced that White had extended her contract through the 2026 season.
According to TMZ, White got a “substantial pay increase” with the new deal.
Seacrest reacted happily to the news.
“This is such great news,” Seacrest, 48, told Willie Geist in a pre-taped sneak peek of “Sunday Today With Willie Geist,” which aired on TODAY Wednesday.“
“Vanna has been such a staple on that show and in our living rooms for so many years,” he added. “I have been very excited to work with her, but now that it’s official I can say, ‘Congratulations Vanna! I can’t wait.’”
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