Vanna White, Pat Sajak

Co-host Vanna White and host Pat Sajak make an appearance at Radio City Music Hall for a taping of celebrity week on "Wheel of Fortune" hosted by People Magazine. The taped shows will air the week of November 12 to celebrate the shows 25th anniversary in New York, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

(Meredith) -- Wheel of Fortune’s longtime host Pat Sajak was rushed into an emergency surgery, and Vanna White has stepped in as host, according to PEOPLE.

Medical authorities told the magazine the 73-year-old game show host will be fine, but Thursday’s taping of the show, now in its 37th season, had to be canceled.

“The Wheel of Fortune taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine,” the show posted to Twitter. “He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work. Taping resumed today as scheduled, and Vanna White has stepped in a host.”

Sajak has been hosting Wheel of Fortune since 1982. The show is the longest-running syndicated game show in the U.S., and taped its 7,000th episode in May of 2018.

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