'Wheel of Fortune' host Pat Sajak undergoes emergency surgery

Brenda Watkins
November 9, 2019

The show announced it canceled its Thursday taping because Pat went under the knife, and taping resumed Friday with Vanna stepping in as host.

Vanna White, the long time hostess of "Wheel of Fortune", stepped into Sajak's role as host on Friday.

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Vanna White and Pat Sajak attend "The Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years as America's Game", hosted by the Paley Center For Media at The Paley Center for Media, in NY back in 2017.

Thursday's taping was canceled while the 73-year-old Sajak underwent the successful surgery, the statement said. Sajak had to have emergency surgery, and his longtime sidekick Vanna White is filling in as host while he recovers. "He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work". It did not say how long he is expected to be out, or how long White will serve as host. White has been on the show since 1982, when she replaced Susan Stafford, who flipped the letters from the show's inaugural episode until her retirement.

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