Vanna White Temporarily Taking Up Pat Sajak’s Hosting Duties on Wheel of Fortune

Vanna White is stepping things up…

The 62-year-old half-Puerto Rican television personality and game show letter-turner will fill in for her longtime sidekick, Wheel of Fortunehost Pat Sajak,as he recovers from surgery for a blocked intestine.

Vanna White

White, who has co-hosted the syndicated game show since 1982, will temporarily host the show while Sajak recovers for the next two weeks, according to the show’s official Twitteraccount.

Wheel of Fortuneis currently filming “Disney Week” at its studio in Los Angeles, with Mickey Mouse himself taking over White’s usual role of turning the letters.

The show was forced to cancel Thursday’s taping because of Sajak’s surgery.

“Our taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine,” the tweet said. “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.”

Sajak has hosted Wheel of Fortunefor nearly 38 years since taking over the longest-running game show in 1981. White joined as the official “letter-turner” a year later, and the two have co-hosted the show ever since.

It’s the longest-running syndicated game show in the US, with 7,000 episodes taped and aired as of May 10, 2019.

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