For the first time since his emergency surgery, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak spoke publicly about his health scare on “Good Morning America.” 

In November, 74-year-old Sajak needed emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine, and taping for the show was canceled for a day. Due to his health condition, Vanna White filled in to host, and Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other Disney characters took her spot on the puzzle board.  Sajak has hosted the ABC game show for more than 40 years and 7,000 episodes.

Said Sajak, “I mean, my blood pressure had fallen dramatically … It was tough on the — Lesly, my wife and — and our — daughter was with me. And they were — you know, they didn’t know. I mean, you go in, and they don’t know if I’m comin’ out,.” Sajak said the “excruciating” pain came suddenly after a walk with his daughter, and within two-and-half hours, he was in surgery. But now after the successful procedure, he said he feels great and has returned to work.

Pat Sajak opens up about his emergency surgery


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