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'Wheel of Fortune' Host Pat Sajak Misses Taping Following Emergency Surgery

Rodolfo Vieira
Nov 09, 2019
01:25 P.M.
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Pat Sajak, the legendary host of "Wheel of Fortune," recently missed a taping of the show due to an emergency surgery to correct a blocked bowel.

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The news was shared by the show through its official Twitter account, accompanied by a photo of the iconic game screen with the words "Get well soon, Pat!" written on it.

It has been revealed that the 73-year-old's surgery was a success and that he is currently resting. He is expected to be away for two weeks.

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WHO WILL BE HOSTING THE SHOW NOW?

In the meantime, "Wheel of Fortune" had to search for a replacement for Sajak and found it in Vanna White, who stepped up to the challenge and will be filling in for Sajak until he is fully recovered.

White, 62, was introduced as a temporary host of the show in the same tweet producers used to announce Sajak's absence, letting fans know that tapings were back on track.

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MAKING HISTORY

This seems to be nothing but a bump in the road to Sajak, who has been hosting "Wheel of Fortune" since 1983, a mark that has earned him a spot in the Guinness World Records.

Sajak holds the title for the longest gameshow host career in the same show and, despite some setbacks, the 73-year-old confessed that he has no intention of leaving the show.

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WILL SAJAK EVER RETIRE?

According to him, retiring is not an option for now and that he will only leave on his own terms:

“I’d like to leave while the show’s still popular, and I’d like to leave before people ask me to leave. I'd like to leave before people tune in and see me and go, ‘Ooh, what the hell happened to him?’"

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Sajak guaranteed that when he leaves it won't be because he will be "sick of it or burned out," but because it will be the right time to go.

Sajak holds the title for the longest gameshow host career in the same show

White, who has been on the show since 1982, said that she doesn't see herself working at "Wheel of Fortune" with anyone but Sajak, and that that was a scary thought.

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