The show must go on! So when Pat Sajak had to briefly leave Wheel of Fortune due to medical issues, his daughter took over.
In early November of 2019, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak had to undergo emergency intestinal surgery to remove a blockage. For the week he was gone, Maggie took over for Vanna White touching the letters, while White took Pat Sajak’s place hosting the show.
Talk about girl power!
This wasn’t Maggie Sajak’s first time appearing on the popular game show, however. When she was just a toddler, Pat walked his beautiful baby girl out to show her the ropes. Maggie could hardly walk on her own at this point, and she also wore a one and yellow dress.
Pat Sajak and Vanna White Legacy on Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune has been spinning its magical wheel since 1975. Not long after the show’s debut, the dynamic duo of Pat Sajak and Vanna White joined the show.
Pat Sajak also broke the world record for having the longest career as a game-show host while working for the same show. As of May 8, 2019, Sajak time hosting the Wheel of Fortune hit 35 years and 198 days.
In addition, Pat Sajak has signed a contract with ABC to be the show’s host until 2022. We assume Sajak and Vanna are a package deal, so we get at least another two years of the pair.
On the 35th anniversary of Wheel of Fortune, Sajak said they could never have predicted it would last this long.
“Televisions are a fluky business, and you know, none of us have predicted this. You know, we all thought we’d been onto our second or third, or fourth job, but we just can’t shake this one. We are kind of a throwback show, and for some reason, people keep watching us, and we’re very happy they do.”
Vanna White also touched on the impressive milestone, saying that she remembers her first day on the set of Wheel of Fortune.
“Yeah, I remember when I first started the show, I turned to Pat and said, I wonder where we’ll be in ten years, and it’s been 35.”
As for plans to continue, Vanna has nothing holding her back.
“Absolutely! Why not?”
Who knows, maybe when the day comes that Vanna White and Pat Sajak retire, Maggie can replace her father and one of White two children and take her place. It can become a generational show for the two families!