Wheel of FortuneTeachers’ week turned into an unexpected English lesson.
During the game show’s annual celebration of educators, a few eagle-eyed viewers (as first spotted by TV Insider) noticed a punctuation error in Wheel of FortuneWeekly schedule. The chart says “Teacher’s Week” but because Wheel honors all teachers, not just one, the correct spelling would be: Teachers Week with an apostrophe at the end of the word.
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“Isn’t it supposed to be Teachers Week, that is, all teachers?” user X (fka Twitter) wrote in response to one of WheelPromotional videos for Teachers Week on Monday. Other user posted a photo of one of Tuesday’s mispunctuated drawings, which reads: “Is Wheel of Fortune honors one teacher or all teachers?”
A Sony spokesperson noted that viewers raise the issue of punctuation every year, which prompted host Pat Sajak to address the controversy last season. “We decided to honor the teacher as an individual, kind of like Father’s Day,” he said during last year’s Teachers Week. “There are several fathers, but we treat it as a singular possessive noun. That is all I have!”
Viewers also likely noticed another change during WheelTeachers Week: Veteran letter worker Vanna White is absent from this week’s episodes because she contracted COVID when they were filmed in late July. Instead, California Teacher of the Year Bridget Donald-Blue helps solve the puzzles each week.
When White’s expected absence from Teachers Week first broke in August, she was in the middle of tense contract negotiations, seeking a significant pay raise after news of Sajak’s impending departure from the show broke. She has since settled the contract dispute, although the financial terms of her new deal have not been disclosed; now she will remain here at least until the summer of 2026, and new ones will join her next autumn Wheel host Ryan Seacrest.
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