Pat Sajak from 'Wheel of Fortune' Makes First Public Appearance since Emergency Surgery for a Blocked Intestine
"Wheel of Fortune" host, Pat Sajak attends a hockey game as his first public appearance after undergoing surgery three weeks ago.
The show host was spotted at a hockey game event three weeks after he went under the knife in emergency surgery. The73-year-old was seen wearing a black Orioles baseball cap over a red Capitals jacket.
Seated beside him was his 24-year-old daughter Maggie who accompanied him to the Washington Capitals game on Friday. Maggie, like her father, is a supporter of the Capitals as she is seen adorning their colors in an off white sweatshirt and red pants.
During the third period of the Caps-Lightning game, NBC Sports Washington's Craig Laughlin reportedly paid tribute to the TV personality. The commentator, while sending well wishes to Sajak and his family, noted that the longtime show host "loves his hockey."
The recuperating "Wheel of Fortune" host attended the game, one day after he posted a thanksgiving message on twitter about spending the holidays with his family.
Pat Sajak's first public appearance is coming three weeks after he underwent surgery to correct a blocked intestine. "Wheels of Fortune" made the shocking announcement through their social media account. The Show posted on twitter,
"Our taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine."
At our Thanksgiving meal today we discussed politics (“Who votes for more cranberries?”), gender issues (“Is that a boy bird or a girl bird?”) and climate change (“That oven is making it warm in here!”). Hope you’re having a good one, too!— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) November 28, 2019
The Show's official page highlighted that the host was "resting comfortably" and looking forward to getting back to work. Taping of the Show, however, resumed with Vanna White stepping in place of Sajak pending when he recuperates fully. White's episodes as the show host will begin airing on December 9.
Vanna steps in as host and Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto join in the fun! pic.twitter.com/dEpHLxjTMU— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) November 9, 2019
A few days after this announcement, Sajak took to his twitter handle to share his appreciation with concerned fans for their good wishes. The TV personality in his tweet assured his followers that "the worst has passed." He hinted that he would be out of the hospital and back at his job in no time.
I’m so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness. Happy to say that the worst has passed, and I’ll be out of the hospital in a day of two, then back to work (unless @TheVannaWhite has completely taken over!)— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) November 11, 2019
Pat Sajak has been hosting "Wheel of Fortune," which is the longest-running syndicated game show in the U.S. since 1982.