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Vanna White Makes 'Wheel of Fortune' Hosting Debut, Talks About Her Nerves

Vanna White has made her debut as the host of Wheel of Fortune and you can watch a clip from the episode right here!

The 62-year-old television personality is stepping into host Pat Sajak‘s shoes for the first time after 37 years with the show. He is taking a three-week leave of absence after having emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

Vanna says she was shocked when she was asked to be the temporary host.

“I’ve never even thought of that in 37 years, and to be asked almost on the spot, ‘How do you feel about hosting the show?’ Like, what?!” she told the New York Times last week.

When asked if she had any nerves, Vanna said, “Oh, my gosh, that’s an understatement. I was very nervous.”

“Normally I just stand there and I turn my letters, and I’m just happy as can be not having to worry about anything else,” she added. “But here I am controlling the game. So logistically, it was much harder. But I know every aspect of the game, which helped so much.”

You can watch Vanna as the host for three weeks!

Vanna White's 'Wheel of Fortune' Hosting Gig Will Start Airing Next Week

Vanna White will fill in for Pat Sajak.

The 62-year-old co-host of the long-running Wheel of Fortune stepped up to host the show while Pat Sajak recovered from successful emergency intestinal surgery, starting with the “Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway” episode on Monday (December 9).

Pat was forced to cancel back in November while undergoing surgery, and the Vanna episodes will begin airing next week.

“The Wheel of Fortune taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. 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,” the show confirmed last month.

“Even though the shows I missed haven’t started airing (they begin next week), I’m happy to say that I’m back in the studio taping today. It’s been four weeks since my ‘episode,’ but it feels longer. Nice to be back,” Pat Sajak wrote on Thursday (December 5).

READ MORE: Vanna White Gets Candid About Turning to Faith During Dark Times

Vanna White Gets Candid About Turning to Faith During Dark Times

Vanna White is opening up about her faith has gotten her through dark times.

The 62-year-old Wheel of Fortune co-host got candid about her relationship with God after suffering major loses earlier in her life.

“I grew up religious. I was baptized a Baptist, and I’ve always had my own personal relationship with God,” Vanna told People.

She continued, “I don’t preach, because everyone’s entitled to their own beliefs. I don’t judge anyone for whatever religion they are. This is my religion and I speak openly about it, but again, I would never preach.”

Vanna explained that she turned to faith after her fiance died in a plane crash in 1986 and later dealt with the miscarriage of her first child.

“I heard from so many people who had shared the same experience of losing someone instantly in an accident, and that really helped me. I didn’t feel like I was alone. Because when something like that happens, you immediately think you’re the only one,” Vanna explained.

Thankfully, Vanna has been able to persevere through the tough times.

She has now been a part of Wheel of Fortune for 37 seasons and will take over for host Pat Sajak for a few episodes later this year!

Vanna White Set to Host 'Wheel of Fortune' After Pat Sajak Hospitalized For Emergency Surgery

Pat Sajak is recovering after being hospitalized for emergency surgery.

The 73-year-old Wheel of Fortune host was rushed to the hospital on Thursday (November 7) to correct a blocked intestine.

Thankfully, Vanna White will be stepping in to host over the next two weeks.

The Wheel of Fortune taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” the show shared on their official Instagram.

They added, “Taping resumed today as scheduled and Vanna White has stepped in as host.”

According to TMZ, while Vanna hosts, Mickey Mouse will be stepping in to turn the letters as the show is currently in the middle of Disney Week.

Get well soon Pat!

Kaia Gerber Joins Mom Cindy Crawford & Grandma Jennifer at Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai Luncheon

The Crawford ladies are enjoying a day out together!

Cindy Crawford, daughter Kaia Gerber, and mom Jennifer stepped out for the 2019 Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Luncheon on Wednesday afternoon (November 6) at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kaia Gerber

Other stars at the event included Naya Rivera, Wheel of Fortune‘s Vanna White, TV personality Brooke Burke, designer Betsy Johnson, and The Shield actor Michael Chiklis.

If you missed it, a source recently addressed rumors that Kaia is dating SNL‘s Pete Davidson.

20+ pictures inside of the stars arriving at the event…More Here! »

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Vanna White Says 'Wheel of Fortune' Fans Helped Her Cope with Fiance's Tragic Death

Vanna White is opening up about some of the most tragic losses in her life.

During a recent interview, the 62-year-old Wheel of Fortune star – who has been on the show since 1982 – recalled the tragic death of then-fiancé, the Young and the Restless actor John Gibson, who was killed when the plane he was flying crashed outside of Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles.

“It was May 17, 1986,” Vanna recalled with People. “The second I heard about it, I fell to my knees. It was just devastating.”

She then went on to say that Wheel of Fortune fans helped her cope with her devastating loss.

“I heard from so many people who had shared the same experience of losing someone instantly in an accident, and that really helped me,” Vanna continued. “I didn’t feel like I was alone. Because when something like that happens, you immediately think you’re the only one.”

Vanna then married restaurateur George Santo Pietro in 1990, but tragedy struck again in 1992 when she found out she suffered a miscarriage – just a week after announcing her pregnancy on Wheel of Fortune.

“Obviously I lost the baby, which was devastating after announcing it. The good news is I was able to get pregnant again and had two beautiful, healthy children,” Vanna shared. “But losing a child — there’s nothing good about that.”

Vanna then went on to say that thanks to the support of friends, family, and fans, she was able to recover from the loss.

“You have to take their support and try to be strong. It’s so hard, but you just have to think, ‘What would they want me to do?’” Vanna said. “I’m a Christian and have always had my own personal relationship with God,” she says. “I don’t preach about it, because everyone’s entitled to their own beliefs. But I pray. I pray every day.”