Vanna White Hosts ‘Wheel of Fortune’ as Pat Sajak Undergoes Emergency Surgery

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The show says on its social media accounts that the Thursday. White stepped in as host when taping resumed Friday, for episodes that will air starting on December 9.

A "Wheel of Fortune" taping was canceled Thursday so host Pat Sajak could undergo emergency surgery. Production on the 37th season resumed on Friday and in his absence his counterpart, Vanna White, is taking on the role of host. Sajak is said to be resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back on the job. White, 63, and Alex Trebek, 79, were also in attendance at the ceremony.

Sajak, 73, has hosted Wheel of Fortune since 1981.

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She filled in for him once before for one segment of the show, when Sajak had laryngitis in 1996. "I agree it is [weird]", she added. In May 2019, Sajak was honored with the Guinness World Records title for having the longest career as a game show host for the same show surpassing The Price Is Right's Bob Barker. White joined the show in 1982 and the duo have been closely identified with the show for decades.

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