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With Pat Sajak out, his daughter fills in on 'Wheel of Fortune'

With Vanna White tackling 'Wheel of Fortune' hosting duties again this week, the show found a very special guest letter-turner to help out.
Pat Sajak (Photo: "Wheel of Fortune"/Sony Pictures Television)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — With "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak out once again this week, the hit game show brought in another member of the Sajak family to help out.

Maggie Sajak is filling in as the special guest letter-turner as Vanna White covers hosting duties for Maggie's dad.

White hosted "Wheel of Fortune" for the first time in show history last month after Pat underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

While Pat returned to the show last week, he explained in a video played before Monday's episode that this new absence shouldn't concern fans.

"It's not that I've had a relapse, it's just because of the technicalities of the taping order and all that," Pat said.

During Monday's episode, White said she was happy to fill in but "could do this even better hosting this show with a Sajak. Everyone please welcome Pat's daughter, Maggie Sajak."

Maggie also gave fans an update on how her dad's recovery was going, saying he's doing well.

"From the perspective of his daughter, it was a scary experience, I'm not gonna lie," she said. "But he's doing great, and I know he's so excited to be back next week."

Later on, they showed a clip from when Maggie actually made her debut on the show in 1996, when she had just turned 1 year old.

Naturally, Maggie's dad chimed in about the show too. "Another nice job by @TheVannaWhite filling in this week on Wheel. I like the new puzzle person, too," Pat Sajak tweeted.


"Wheel of Fortune" airs weekdays on WTHR at 7 p.m.