‘Wheel Of Fortune’s Pat Sajak Has Emergency Surgery; Vanna White Steps In As HostDeadline — Bruce Haring
The long-running syndicated game show Wheel of Fortune had to cancel its Thursday taping because of emergency surgery for host Pat Sajak, who underwent successful surgery to correct a blocked intestine. Taping resumed today and veteran sidekick Vanna White assumed the hosting duties.
Sajak is said to be resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work. The show’s producer Sony Pictures TV told Deadline it’s not known how long he’ll be out.
The syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune has been hosted continuously by Sajak and White since its inception in 1982. It is the longest-running syndicated game show in the US, with 7,000 episodes taped and aired as of May 10, 2019.
The loss of Sajak casts yet another shadow over the syndicated game show market. Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is battling pancreatic cancer and has hinted he may not be able to go on much longer, although he is still hosting the show.