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‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak undergoes emergency surgery; Vanna White to host

Legendary “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is recovering from emergency surgery.

The game show announced on Twitter Friday afternoon that Sajak, 73, underwent a successful procedure to “correct a blocked intestine.”

“He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” the game show’s Twitter account added.

Sajak’s rep, Bob Burton, confirmed the news to USA TODAY.

“Wheel of Fortune” has been Sajak’s hosting home for the last 36 years, a Guinness World Record for the longest career as a game show host for the same show.

Although Sajak is on the mend, Thursday’s taping of “Wheel of Fortune” was canceled. Shooting for the 37th season resumed Friday with longtime co-host Vanna White at the helm for episodes that will air starting Dec. 9.

“Taping resumed today as scheduled and Vanna White has stepped in as host,” the show’s Twitter account added, along with a “Get Well Soon Pat!” message on the iconic puzzle board.

White filled in once before for one segment of the show, when Sajak had laryngitis in 1996.

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Sajak and White celebrated their 7,000th episode of “Wheel of Fortune” in May — a feat the dynamic duo told USA TODAY they could never have predicted.

Sajak told USA TODAY that he doesn’t have a retirement date in mind, but his departure will be “in the single digits” of years from now. “I’d like to leave while the show’s still popular, and I’d like to leave before people ask me to leave,” he said, “and I’d like to leave before people tune in and see me and go, ‘Ooh, what the hell happened to him?’ “

Saj said he’s “not quite there yet,” and added: “When I do leave, it won’t be because I’m sick of it or burned out by it; I’ll leave because it’s time to go.”

Sajak and White, 62, renewed their contracts through 2022.

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Last week, Sajak appeared to be in good spirits while attending executive producer Harry Friedman’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony with White and “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who’s battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

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Pat Sajak is anxious to get back to hosting Wheel of Fortune!

On Monday, the beloved 73-year-old game show host shared an update with fans on social media after his show revealed three days prior that he underwent emergency surgery in order to treat a blocked intestine.

“I’m so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness,” he wrote on Twitter. “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!)”

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

The final line is a joke referencing White taking over hosting duties when Sajak was treated for his medical emergency, which was shared on Friday as part of Wheel of Fortune’s announcement.

“Our taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine,” the tweet read alongside a picture of a puzzle reading “Get well soon Pat!”

“He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” the tweet continued. “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

As Sajak prepares to return to work following his surgery, his colleague, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, is staying proactive in his battle with pancreatic cancer. Last month, a PSA was released starring Trebek. Check it out below.

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Vanna White will fill in for longtime “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak as he recovers from surgery for a blocked intestine.

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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 Twitter account.

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

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“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 Fortune” for 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.

Both Sajak and “Jeopardy’s” Alec Trebek have dealt with health issues as of late, with Trebek somehow not missing a show despite announcing in September that he was undergoing a second round of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

Trebek hosted “Wheel of Fortune” for one week in August 1980, filling in for original host Chuck Woolery, who led the show from its start date in 1975 until Sajak took over hosting duties in 1981.

Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak Among Stars Showing Support for Alex Trebek After Cancer Diagnosis

The Hollywood community is showing its support for Alex Trebek following the news that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

In a video message on Wednesday, the longtime Jeopardy! host, 78, told the show’s fanbase that he has “a longtime policy of being open and transparent” and that he wanted to prevent fans from “reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health.”

Trebek, who has now hosted Jeopardy! for 35 years, vowed to courageously “fight” the disease and also continue working on the game show, while asking his fans to lift up prayers on his behalf.

Immediately after the somber announcement, an outpouring of well wishes from a number of stars were sent Trebek’s way, including his longtime friend and Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak.

“The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family,” Sajak, whose program currently follows Trebek’s on television, wrote on Twitter.

“But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him,” the game show host, 72, added. “We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.”

Image zoom Pat Sajak (left) and Alex Trebek Jerritt Clark/WireImage

The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.

— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 6, 2019

The View co-host Meghan McCain, ABC anchor David Muir, and Disney CEO Bob Iger also expressed their support for Trebek and reminded him of the number of people who are rallying behind him.

“Sending you so much love, prayers and support to you Alex, your family and the entire Jeopardy family. You have got this! We are all here fighting along side you. #F—Cancer” McCain tweeted.

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“We are all pulling for Alex Trebek who just revealed he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He vows to fight this and to keep working. We’re with you, Alex,” said Muir.

“Our hearts go out to you, #Alextrebek, a member of our Disney-ABC family for so long. We admire your courage and determination, and in the words of Winston Churchill: ‘never, never, never, never give up!’” Iger wrote.

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We are all pulling for Alex Trebek who just revealed he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He vows to fight this and to keep working. We’re with you, Alex.

— David Muir (@DavidMuir) March 6, 2019

Our hearts go out to you, #Alextrebek, a member of our Disney-ABC family for so long. We admire your courage and determination, and in the words of Winston Churchill: “never, never, never, never give up!”

— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) March 6, 2019

In addition to the famous faces from his ABC family, Trebek also received support from stars across Hollywood, including comedian-actor Ken Jeong, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, comedian Dane Cook, actors LeVar Burton and Ike Barinholtz, and actress Katie Stevens.

“You are my hero,” Jeong proudly wrote in his tweet.

“You are the true daily double and the ultimate Jeopardy! champion in my eyes,” added Cook in his supportive message.

Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers to Alex Trebek.

You are my hero. ❤️❤️🙏🙏pic.twitter.com/CcXhVtqUT8

— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) March 6, 2019

Thinking and praying for fellow game show host and absolute legend Alex Trebek as he starts his fight with pancreatic cancer. God’s speed my friend https://t.co/W0JJnlS6LY

— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) March 6, 2019

Image zoom Dane Cook/Twitter

Alex Trebek I love you so much! You got this! 💜 https://t.co/jyS0PNM6EG

— Katie Stevens (@thekatiestevens) March 6, 2019

In the name of all that is good, please God, grant #AlexTrebek all of the health and vitality that you can!#teamtrebek

— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) March 6, 2019

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Also joining the long list of supporters was Stephen King, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and even some former Jeopardy! contestants.

Buzzy Cohen, who is the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions winner, explained how much of an impact Trebek has had on his life in just a few short years.

“My heart sinks. Few things have changed the course of my life the way this man and this show has. As I’ve come to know him there is nothing but love, respect, and admiration. Alex your whole jeopardy family is behind you. #TheRealJeopardyAllStar,” he wrote.

Jeopardy! record holder Ken Jennings echoed those sentiments: “One thing I know for a fact: Alex is very aware of how much he means to millions of people, and how we will be pulling for him…I hope that’s a comfort.”

My heart sinks. Few things have changed the course of my life the way this man and this show has. As I’ve come to know him there is nothing but love, respect, and admiration. Alex your whole jeopardy family is behind you. #TheRealJeopardyAllStar https://t.co/5sYsJnqo9l

— Buzzy Cohen (@buzztronics) March 6, 2019

One thing I know for a fact: Alex is very aware of how much he means to millions of people, and how we will be pulling for him…I hope that’s a comfort.

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 6, 2019

I’m actually not sure if it should be its or it’s, and in such a case pronouns don’t really matter, so let me put it this way: Alex, kick pancreatic cancer’s ass!

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 6, 2019

Alex Trebek is one of my all-time favorite people. I’ve loved being around him. pic.twitter.com/9mCRMlucvU

— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) March 6, 2019

Trebek even received some support beyond the United States.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted to Ontario-born Trebek, “Keep fighting, Alex – Canadians are rooting for you!”

Keep fighting, Alex – Canadians are rooting for you! https://t.co/EY3Tm1uKVx

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 7, 2019

Despite the grave diagnosis, Trebek quipped in his video announcement that he must continue working because of the terms of his contract through the 2021-22 season.

“Truth told, I have to because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years!” he joked. “So help me!”

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“Keep the faith and we’ll win,” he concluded, “We’ll get it done. Thank you.”

Trebek shares two children — Matthew, 29, a restaurateur in Manhattan who owns Oso (a popular Mexican restaurant in North Harlem), and Emily, 27, who works in real estate in Los Angeles — with his wife of 29 years, Jean Currivan.