Jenny Powell tells Chris Evans she’d join Graham Norton’s rebooted Wheel of Fortune ‘in a heartbeat’

Virgin Radio

28 Jun 2023, 08:38

L-R: Jenny Powell, Chris Evans, Graham Norton

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Following the exciting news that Virgin Radio’s own Graham Norton will be the new face of Wheel of Fortune, Jenny Powell joined The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch to talk about the reboot.

The iconic game show will relaunch on ITV and ITVX in 2024, having originally run on ITV from 1988 until 2001, following on from the same format that found massive success in the US. 

Jenny Powell was hostess on the show from 1995, while presenters included Nicky Campbell, Bradley Walsh and John Leslie. She told Chris: “To this day, 22 years later, I am still getting people shouting across the road, ‘Go on Jenny, spin the wheel’, and I go, ‘I didn’t spin the wheel. I turned the letters round. Get it right!’”

She also said: “All I get is loads of people messaging me, tapping me on the shoulder, saying, ‘They should bring Wheel of Fortune back. When’s Wheel of Fortune coming back?’” 

Speaking about news that Graham will be fronting the show when it comes back, she said: “I cannot wait to see him do his magic with the Wheel of Fortune.” 

She added: “It'll be amazing. I can just visualise now, the whole set, because it was always really bright and colourful, all stars and spangles everywhere, and with Graham Norton just doing his thing with that beautiful smile of his and that humour he’s got… we all need that now.”

Regarding what will happen with the role that she used to perform, Jenny said: “I'm intrigued to know whether they'll still still have a lovely lady turning letters round, or whether it'll be digital, or whether it’ll be a guy doing it, or maybe it'll be a robot. Who knows? 

“It could be really interesting, because everything is so different now.”

When Chris asked what she would say if she was asked to reprise her role in the show, she replied: “Oh, my gosh, I'd be there in a heartbeat.” 

She added: “The thing that got me, it was the shoes. I mean, you had to wear these ridiculous shoes, like high-heeled shoes. I don't do that. So I'd have to do it in Uggs. Is that alright?”

In the game of skill and luck, a turn of the wheel secures a cash value before contestants pick a letter to help them solve the puzzle. For every correct letter they reveal in the puzzle, they win multiples of that amount. The pressure is on as they could lose everything at a spin of a wheel which contains ‘bankrupts’ and ‘lose a turn’ and the contestants' entire winnings could be wiped out. 

Speaking more about the reboot, Jenny said: “I'm just really intrigued. I know there's going to be a few celebrity specials, so maybe I'll get a look in there. And maybe I'll actually get to spin the wheel!”

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