Pat Sajak Makes First Public Appearance Since Undergoing Emergency Surgery

The "Wheel of Fortune" host's recovery seems to be going well

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Pat Sajak is back in action!

The 73-year-old “Wheel of Fortune” host made his first public appearance since undergoing emergency surgery in early November to enjoy a night out.

Sajak was seen at the Washington Capitals game on Friday alongside his 24-year-old daughter, country singer Maggie Sajak. The game show host was sporting a red Capitals jacket to show his longtime support for the team.

On Nov. 8, it was announced that the taping of “Wheel of Fortune” from the previous day had been canceled after Pat Sajak underwent a successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine.

“He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” the official Twitter post read. “Taping resumed today as scheduled, and Vanna White has stepped in as host.”

Vanna White stepped in while Sajak was recovering, using her hosting chops for the first time solo. Pre-taped episodes featuring White as the sole host will begin airing on Dec. 9 and features some familiar faces from Disney classics, including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy.

Shortly after news of his surgery broke, Sajak took to Twitter to announce that he was feeling better.

"I’m so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness," he wrote on Twitter a few days after his successful surgery. "Happy to say that the worst has passed, and I’ll be out of the hospital in a day of two, then back to work (unless @TheVannaWhite has completely taken over!)"

Sajak is one of the longest-running hosts in the United States, hosting "Wheel of Fortune" alongside his co-host, White, since the early 1980s.

Earlier this week, he took to Twitter to wish his fans and followers a happy Thanksgiving with his good-natured sense of humor.

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