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.

Pat Sajak speaks as he is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner at the Encore Las Vegas on April 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

Pat Sajak speaks as he is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner at the Encore Las Vegas on April 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

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."

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. 

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. 

Pat Sajak has been hosting "Wheel of Fortune," which is the longest-running syndicated game show in the U.S. since 1982. 

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