“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is recovering from emergency surgery Thursday to correct a blocked intestine, according to an announcement made by the show Friday on Twitter.
The taping of the long-running game show was canceled Thursday. The 62-year-old White stepped in as host when taping resumed Friday for episodes that will air starting Dec. 9. She will fill in for him while he recovers.
“He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” the announcement said. The statement not say how long he is expected to be out or how long White will act as host.
Sajak, 73, who married University of Maryland graduate Lesly Brown in 1989, owns Maryland radio station WNAV in Annapolis. He has also been a major benefactor to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, where a medical offices pavilion is named for the Sajaks.
Sajak and White have co-hosted the show since the early 1980s.
She filled in for him once before for one segment of the show, when Sajak had laryngitis in 1996.