Before a change to the lighting fixtures in 1997, Vanna White had to touch the puzzle letters to make them illuminate on “Wheel of Fortune.” For the most part, White’s performance as co-host was flawless — except for one occurrence when she accidentally touched the wrong letter.
In an interview on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” White revealed to Clarkson that she hit the wrong letter once and “[the crew] had to throw the puzzle out and put another one in.” It is easy to see how this mistake could happen in the era before digital monitors allowed clear and understandable alerts. White shared that although she was “mortified” and “scarred for life” by the faux pas, a fix in the late ’90s ensures that any mistakes will not be hers.
Night after night, week after week for four decades continuously, White has shined as a game show luminary. Her legacy as “Wheel of Fortune” co-host will live on long after she’s gone — which is something a simple mistake in the span of 40 years can’t erase.