Pat Sajak was greeted with a standing ovation as he returned to Wheel of Fortune Monday night.
Sajak had been forced to step away from his hosting duties due to a medical emergency that required surgery, finally returning during the January 13 episode after Vanna White temporarily stepped in to fill his role.
As Sajak finally returned to the stage, the audience rose to their feet and erupted into applause, with the game show host jokingly commenting, “I don’t know whether you’re happy to see me or if you’re leaving because Vanna’s not hosting.”
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During Monday night’s episode, Sajak also thanked White, who has been a staple on the game show since 1982, for taking over.
“You were great,” he said. “It’s a very tough thing to step into that… you were terrific.”
Sajak went on to comment on the presence of his daughter, Maggie Sajak, who had filled in as a guest letter-turner for a week as White continued to host. “You two made a very nice team,” Sajak said. “And I was a little nervous about how good you two were together, but that’s all right.”