Claudia Jordan says there’s plenty of money to go around on “Wheel of Fortune” to pay both incoming host Ryan Seacrest and mainstay Vanna White what they deserve … and Ryan shouldn’t have to give up salary to keep Vanna.
The TV and radio host tells TMZ … she’s not in the camp of people online who are calling for Ryan to take less money so the game show can pay Vanna what she’s demanding.
Claudia says it’s not like a pro sports team trying to stay under a salary cap … she says there’s tons of advertising money pouring in, and ‘Wheel’ has plenty in its coffers.
TMZ broke the story … Vanna is fighting with Sony for a huge raise after only making $3 million a year for the last 18 years … she wants half of Pat Sajak‘s current $15 million paycheck, or else.
Claudia’s well-versed in the game show biz … she was on “Deal or No Deal” and she says women like Vanna are just as important to the shows as guys like Pat and Ryan.
Claudia sees an opportunity here for Vanna to cash in and make up for being underpaid for all those years … and she’s got some advice for her as well.