Who was the first Wheel of Fortune? The original host of Wheel of Fortune was Chuck Woolery, who hosted the series from its 1975 premiere until December 25, 1981, save for one week in August 1980 when Alex Trebek hosted in his place.
How long has Wheel of Fortune been on the earth? Wheel of Fortune, which debuted in 1975, became the longest-running syndicated game show on American television, turning Sajak and his co-host, Vanna White, into pop-culture icons.
What was the original Wheel of Fortune like? In its original concept, Wheel of Fortune was known as Shopper’s Bazaar. The program revolved around contestants guessing puzzles and shopping with their winnings. When the Wheel of Fortune we know today came about, it followed a similar format.
How many times has someone won a million dollars on Wheel of Fortune? It’s so hard that only three people have won the $1 million prize since its debut in 2008 (via Closer Weekly). But even the luckiest wordsmiths can’t escape the state and federal taxes that go along with their Wheel of Fortune winnings, no matter the sum.