For 37 years, fans of Wheel of Fortune I have seen Pat Sajak organize the popular game show while co-star Vanna White turns consonants and vowels into the gigantic puzzle board. But, on Monday's episode, White presented the show for the first time while Sajak was at home recovering from emergency surgery.
White began her three-week career as a hostess on Monday, which was also the beginning of Disney Week, and Minnie Mouse assumed the role of passing the cards.
Before the episode aired, the 62-year-old woman turned to Twitter to inform her fans that her role for the next episodes of Wheel it was going to be very different
"Tonight is my first night of lodging Wheel! ”, Tweeted the native of South Carolina. "I'm excited and nervous! Stay tuned!"
White took the stage with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse when they introduced her to the crowd, and explained why Sajak had disappeared.
"Hello, hello, and welcome to Wheel"White said." As I'm sure most of you already know, Pat is recovering from surgery and hopes to return soon. I am happy to intervene and help. And, thanks to the magic of Disney, Minnie has the power to illuminate the puzzle board. ”
White began to relax and loosen as the episode progressed, but made a small mistake towards the end that made her laugh at herself. When White had to give the wheel a final spin when time was running out, he was looking at the wrong arrow. Then he asked: "How are you doing this show?" And he also commented: "That wheel is heavy."
Monday's episode marked the first time someone other than Pat Sajak organized a full episode of Wheel of Fortune since the program went from the network version to the syndicated version in the early 1990s.
For a few months, Bob Goen and former NFL kicker Rolf Benirschke took over as host when the show jumped from NBC to CBS, and Sajak tried night television. And, in the late 1990s, Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek exchanged jobs for one day and each hosted the other's game show. Sajak started to host Wheel in 1981 and White joined him as co-host in 1982.
Last month, Pat Sajak underwent emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. Everything went well and Sajak tweeted that he would return to work soon, unless Vanna White had taken over completely.