Pat Sajak is on the mend after last week's emergency surgery. The iconic game show host tweeted Monday that he's "so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness," adding, "the worst has passed." Sajak, 73, assured fans he'll return to Wheel of Fortune soon, unless Vanna White "has completely taken over."
On Friday, it was announced that Sajak successfully underwent surgery "to correct a blocked intestine." Taping was canceled one day prior.
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
"He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work," a message posted to the Wheel of Fortune social media channels read. "Taping resumed today as scheduled and Vanna White has stepped in as host."
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. pic.twitter.com/09zYOCE4hL— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) November 8, 2019
The account also shared a photo of White, 63, in her new role.
Tune in beginning December 9th.— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) November 9, 2019
Sajak and White have been part of the syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune since its inception in 1983. It's the longest-running syndicated game show in the U.S. with Sajak holding the Guinness World Records title for having the longest career as a game show host for the same show. Wheel of Fortune taped its 7,000th episode last year.
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