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Vanna White on Nearing 35 Seasons of Wheel of Fortune: 'It Seems Like We Just Started Yesterday'

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Time flies when you’re having fun — and no one knows that better than Vanna White.

PEOPLE caught up with the longtime Wheel of Fortune hostess at the 44th Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena on Sunday, and the star opened up about her experience working on the beloved game show for almost 35 years. (Fun fact: She’s worn over 6,500 gowns — without a single repeat!)

“I cannot believe it’s been that long,” she admitted. “It seems like we just started yesterday. And I still love my job! After all these years, I love it, I love going to work. There’s about 150 people that is one big happy family.”

White, 60, also said that she’s “never been tempted to leave because it’s so much fun.”

“I enjoy my job,” she said. “I enjoy making people happy, and giving away money and changing their lives. And our whole staff and crew is just terrific. We all have bonded together in all these years. It would be like leaving a family – I just can’t do that.”

According to the hostess, one of the best parts of the job is the daily fan mail she receives from viewers for whom the show has become part of their daily routine.

“It makes me feel good,” she said. “It’s memories of families being together, just sitting around the dinner table at night every night. It’s something special. Sitting around watching Wheel of Fortune is something that you’ll always remember.”

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White also opened up about the special relationship she’s forged with longtime fellow host Pat Sajak.

We have never had one argument in 34 years,” she said. “He’s a dear friend. We get along great. He has me laughing in tears every day.”

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And even all of these years later, White still remembers her audition for the show.

“My knees were shaking so much that I could hardly talk or walk,” she confessed. “My lips were shaking too! I was so, so nervous.”

Despite thinking she blew her shot, White later got the call from a producer.

“I was in my living room,” she recalled. “It was the day before Thanksgiving in 1982. She called and said I got the job, and I was just in heaven. I still count my blessings.”