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Could Ryan Seacrest or Whoopi Goldberg Fit the Bill as Pat Sajak’s Replacement on ‘Wheel of Fortune’?

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There are already discussions and people vying for Pat Sajak’s hosting gig on Wheel of Fortune. The Daytime Emmy-winning game show announced yesterday that he was going to step down from the position after 41 years after next season.

As of Tuesday, two potential replacements have come to light to keep the wheel spinning forward.  First, Ryan Seacrest’s name is being bantered about.

According to Bloomberg reporter, Lucas Shaw, who also broke the news of Sajak’s decision to exit, Seacrest has been talking to the producers of the game show.  Shaw, added, “Some sources say he’s the frontrunner. Others say he is just one of many interested.”

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Meanwhile on Tuesday’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg apparently threw her hat into the ring saying that she, ‘wanted’ the Sajak gig on Wheel of Fortune.

In an ironic twist, it just so happened that Jeopardy host, Ken Jennings was Goldberg’s guest on The View.  It was then Whoopi announced “I want that job,” adding, it would be “lots of fun.”

You can watch what happened when the co-hosts of The View were discussing Sajak’s departure below.

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Meanwhile, Sajak’s long time sidekick, Vanna White broke her silence on Twitter on his exit, expressing: “When we started at Wheel of Fortune who could have imagined we’d still be at it 41 seasons later? I couldn’t be happier to have shared the stage with you for all these years with one more to come. Cheers to you, Pat Sajak!”

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Maybe they should let Vanna host the show on her own. It’s not like she actually has to turn the letters anymore. That’s all been digital for years.

Not Seacrest, for the love of all that’s unholy.

I don’t watch Wheel, but I can’t stand Whoopi.

Tom Bergeron or Ryan would be my choice.

I like Jerry O’Connell when he is not acting like a runway model with his goofy dances and facial expressions.I could see LeVar Burton, Sam Champion or Hoda also being a good choice.

Ryan Seacrest would be a disaster – no personality or sense of humor are apparent. Whoopi would be fun but so would Tom Bergeron. If he could handle all those super-egos on DWTS, WHEEL would be a breeze.

Please dont put whoopi on there.

Tom Bergeron feels like a perfect fit!

Great. They need more $$$

I want Whoopi on The View. I do like her and enjoy watching from Canada.

I love Whoopi
She would have everyone laughing having so much fun.

Steve Harvy might fit the bill, he’s got a great personality and funny but he’s got a lot of other stuff going.

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Anne Heche in Her Final TV Performance to Air on ‘All Rise’

It is hard to believe that now one year later, television fans will see the final performance of Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World).  The talented actress passed away from injuries sustained in a car crash back on August 5th, 2022.

Heche was officially declared ‘brain dead’ on August 12th, when her reps shared that Anne was “peacefully taken off life support.”  Before she passed, Anne taped what would be her final TV acting appearance in her recurring role on the legal drama, All Rise.

The series formerly with CBS and now airing on OWN, will air Heche’s last performance this Saturday, September 30th at 9pm ET/8 pm CT.  On All Rise, Heche plays lawyer Corrine Cuthbert.  Since season 2, Heche has taken on the recurring role. She appeared in six episodes.

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In story, Corrine has had a fraught professional relationship with Judge Lola Carmichael played by Simone Missick.  For her final appearance, Heche’s Corrine shows up as part of a trial case.

All Rise dedicated the episode to Heche. As the hour comes to its conclusion, they express: “In Memory of Anne Heche, Our Friend and Wonderful Artist. You Are Missed.”

After this, Heche will star posthumously in the independent movie feature Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, slated for release in November.

Will you be watching Anne’s final television performance on All Rise? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first, check out a teaser for the episode which also features former Y&R star, Wilson Bethel who stars on the legal drama as Mark Callan.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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