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Ryan Seacrest Named Pat Sajak’s Successor as Host of ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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It’s official! Ryan Seacrest has been tapped to take over the hosting gig on the long-running syndicated game show, Wheel of Fortune.

Seacrest will begin spinning the wheel for season 42.  That season will mark the first without its current and enduring host, Pat Sajak, who made the decision to step away from the series following the end of season 41.  In addition to his new hosting relationship with the game show, Seacrest will also become a consulting producer for the show.  He joins Vanna White as hosts of the beloved game show.

Taking to his Instagram to announce the news on Tuesday morning, Ryan shared: “I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak. I can say, along with the rest of America, that it’s been a privilege and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them. Pat, I love the way you’ve always celebrated the contestants and made viewers at home feel at ease. I look forward to learning everything I can from you during this transition. Many people probably don’t know this but one of my first jobs was hosting a little game show called Click for Merv Griffin 25 years ago so this is truly a full circle moment for me and I’m grateful to Sony for the opportunity. I can’t wait to continue the tradition of spinning the wheel and working alongside the great Vanna White.”

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Sajak announced on June 12th that the time had come for him to leave the series.  He has hosted the game show since 1981 and received multiple Daytime Emmys for his work as well as Lifetime Achievement Award.

While recently leaving Live with Kelly and Ryan and heading back to the west coast full-tine, Ryan continues to be the host of American Idol and of course, his syndicated radio shows, and more.

So, what do you think about Ryan Seacrest taking over as host of Wheel of Fortune? Comment below.


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Well won’t be watching

OMG this guy is everywhere it seems; and is so over-exposed – in my opinion.

Sadly, we’ll probably abandon a show we’ve enjoyed for years due to this disastrous decision. How many jobs does this egomaniac need? And why couldn’t they put it to a public vote? Because they wouldn’t dare let Vanna get the gig. Hmm, no bias there, eh? Let’s hope viewers respond the only way producers understand–stop watching. Not all of us have drunk the Seacrest Kool-Aid that seems to have infected Hollywood power pushers.

Overexposed and overrated how can you be everywhere but nowhere at the same time stopped watching years ago because I am not interested in pat or Vanna but Ryan keeps it at a definite no The world loves mediocrity and he’s at the top of the list

Finally, the real reason he left “Live.”

Absolutely no talent. I’ve been watching the show for 25 years. I’m done. I’d rather have the Christmas log than have to watch him on the screen.

Is this what America really wants? They don’t call it the Wheel of Torture for nothing.

Mayo Seacrest? Well, this should take the heat offa Mayim Bialik & Ken Jennings hosting “Jeopardy!” for 5 minutes.

Surely there was someone else.

Seriously? All of the possible new hosts out there, and this is the best they felt they could do? Wow.

The quick timing (it’s not like Pat’s leaving tomorrow) suggests to me that this has been in the works for a long time.

My sentiment s exactly. Don’t see this as spur of the moment decusion,

Enough. Why does he get all the jobs?

I think its a great choice. He is personable and lovable just like Pat. I would hire Julianne Hough to replace Vanna.

That would be an insult to Hough, who has a discernible career.

Vanna’s role isn’t even necessary as there’s no need for a “letter turner” on an entirely digital screen board.

I guess Michael Strahan wasn’t available… 😉

Thank God it’s not Whoopi!


I’ve seen enough of this guy to last a lifetime, just on Am. Idol alone. He’s everywhere, like a bad rash, I’m thinking it was in the works and not just a recent decision. When is enough enough for him? I guess being dropped by the Kardashians hurt his ego so much so , he needed another feather in his cap.

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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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