Pat Sajak blocked intestine: "Wheel of Fortune" host recovering from emergency surgery

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Pat's been the host of "Wheel of Fortune" - the longest-running syndicated game show in the country - since 1982, and Vanna's been turning the letters since then as well. The show says on its social media accounts that the Thursday.

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak is recovering Friday from emergency surgery to fix a blocked intestine, the show said in a statement. Sajak is said to be resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back on the job. By Friday, a familiar face had taken over hosting duties: Sajak's longtime sidekick, Vanna White, who's expected to fill those shoes until Sajak's return.

Thankfully, Vanna White will be stepping in to host over the next two weeks.

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Wheel of Fortune is the longest-running syndicated game show in the US with the show taping it's 7,000th episode past year.

Speaking of his friend Friedman, Sajak told PEOPLE, "He makes every member of the staff feels invested in the show... he's just a caring guy and he knows what he wants and he's not a pushover".

Last year, Sony Pictures Television announced that the stars' "Wheel of Fortune" contracts had been extended through 2022.

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