If you think Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, which debuted on ABC last week, is just a fresh spin-off from the syndicated Wheel, well, it does have its roots in the parent series.
Now, I don't know when this started, but the first example that came up on YouTube is this offering from 1997, as Pat Sajak & Vanna White welcome Olympic gymnastics champion Kerri Strug, actor Alan Rachins (Dharma & Greg, ex-LA Law), and hyperactive fitness guru Richard Simmons, who flirts with Vanna early in the show. She seems amused by Richard's antics, right along with the studio audience......
Seems no matter where Richard went in those days for guest appearances, his whole schtick was that he was hyperactive 24/7. Someone should've had decaf available for him...!
We'll look at the current Celebrity Wheel of Fortune later this week.