‘Wheel of Fortune’ taping interrupted for Pat Sajak emergency surgery, Vanna White to host

    A taping of “Wheel of Fortune” was canceled Thursday after host Pat Sajak had to undergo emergency surgery for a blocked intestine, the show tweeted Friday afternoon.

    The surgery was successful, the show said in the tweet.

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    “He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” representatives from “Wheel of Fortune” tweeted.

    Vanna White stepped into the role of host to finish taping Friday.

    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.

    — Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) November 8, 2019

    Wheel of Fortune is in its 37th season of syndication, according to CBS. Sajak and White have hosted the show together since its debut.

    Sajak was in great spirits last week when he attended his longtime producer Harry Friedman’s Hollywood Star of Fame ceremony.

    He, along with White, spoke at the event, lauding Friedman for his accomplishments and posing for photos.

    Sajak is one of the longest running television hosts in the United States. Another longtime TV host, Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy” has also recently had health issues. Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

    Samantha Kubota

    Samantha Kubota is a digital journalist and editor for


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