One of the key differences between the original show and the celebrity version is that celebrities won't keep the money they earn on the show. Most people probably think that winning on a game show like Wheel of Fortune is a dream come true; all of a sudden you have a ton of money that you've barely had to do any work for. And you can go on dreaming about what to do with all this, right? Uh, not exactly. What most people don't realize is that prizes, whether in cash, travel, or items such as cars, are taxed as income by the charming IRS.
This means, of course, that winners don't get their pockets full of thousand-dollar bills when they rack up prizes in a program like Wheel of Fortune. They have to pay taxes on those prizes as if they had spent a whole year working to earn them and, therefore, they are left with much less than what they actually earned. One of the biggest differences between Wheel of Fortune and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune is that the celebrity version is broadcast on ABC. In many cases, when shows brag about having famous guests, the guests they talk about are usually celebrities that people haven't thought about in years.
The third season of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, hosted by Sajak and Vanna White, has already featured celebrities such as Amanda Seales, Snoop Dogg and Mark Duplass.