Vanna White Filling in as 'Wheel of Fortune' Host After Pat Sajak's Emergency Surgery
Sajak had intestinal surgery on Thursday, prompting the game show to cancel the Thursday night taping. Sajak is recovering from the operation.
Sajak has been the host of Wheel of Fortune since he took over for Chuck Woolery in 1981. He is 73. White joined the show in 1982 and the duo have been closely identified with the show for decades.
The show shared a picture of the game board displaying the message "Get Well Soon Pat!"
Some contestants just can't catch a break.
On Wheel of Fortune, contestants spin a wheel displaying various dollar amounts. Whatever number it rests on is the value of every correct letter they guess. If the contestant guesses a correct letter, White reveals every instance of that letter on the board until a contestant can guess the entire phrase.
Our taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work. Taping resumed today as scheduled and Vanna White has stepped in as host. pic.twitter.com/09zYOCE4hL
— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) November 8, 2019
By Fred Topel
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.