With Vanna White hosting the show in Pat Sajak’s absence, the show needed someone else to turn the letters on the big board. So, the producers looked to the longtime host’s daughter, Maggie Sajak, for the special honor.
White introduced the special letter-turner on Monday’s episode, kicking off the last week of White’s three-week tenure as guest host.
“As you just heard, Pat will be back next week. In the meantime, I’m happy to fill in,” White said at the start of Monday’s show. “But, you know, I could do this even better, hosting the show with a Sajak. Everyone, please welcome Pat’s daughter, Maggie Sajak.”
After playing a cute flashback clip from the 1996 episode — in which an infant Maggie stumbles and chatters in adorable baby talk — Pat’s now-grown daughter quipped, “I’m walking a little better now and hopefully I’m a little more eloquent than last time.”
All together, White’s filmed three weeks worth of Wheel of Fortune episodes as the special host.