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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

'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Who Lost a Trip to Nashville on a Technicality Gets a Surprise Gift

Kristen Shaw is being gifted with a trip after a technicality cost her the win.

When the 26-year-old Wheel of Fortune contestant made a guess on a nearly solved board during an episode back in October, she made a critical error costing her a free trip to Nashville, Tenn.

“Right, football, left and Sally,” she said as the buzzer indicated that she was wrong. Her response was considered incorrect because she said “and” while listing off the four correct words, and the mistake cost her $1,950 and a trip to Nashville. (In the game, you can only say exactly the words while answering.)

“It was probably one of the most embarrassing experiences of my life. And I knew that in about a month, almost everyone in America would see it,” she revealed of the episode which went on to go viral.

However, she received a message of support from L.J. Whalen, one of the directors of Adventureworks, a Nashville-based tourism company, who presented her with the gift of plane tickets, hotel accommodations and tickets to the Grand Ole Opry.

“Our hospitality community is so close-knit, and we’d love to show Ms. Shaw and the nation that we’re a lot more than boot stomping and beer drinking. This is what we do here in Nashville. We give second chances, AND we are not going to make you solve a puzzle to claim it,” they said in a statement.

“I was honestly so shocked I was almost speechless. There is a lot of negativity in this world, but this shows me we are all human, we make mistakes, and for someone to want to give me a second chance, it just blew me away,” Kristen said.

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.”

'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Says He's in a 'Loveless Marriage'

A clip from a Wheel of Fortune episode this week is going viral after the contestant said he is in a “loveless marriage.”

Contestant Blair Davis shocked the audience and host Pat Sajak while introducing himself on the Monday (October 14) episode.

“I’ve been trapped in a loveless marriage for the last 12 years to an old battle-axe named Kim,” Davis said. “She cursed my life with three stepchildren: Star, RJ, and Ryan, and I have one rotten grandson.”

“Yay! No wonder you came here, you just wanted to get away from everybody,” Pat replied in response. He then added that he knew Blair was being “facetious.”

“Absolutely, I love them like nobody’s business,” Blair responded with a smile.

READ MORE: Vanna White Only Had One Fight with Pat Sajak – Find Out Why!

Vanna White Only Had One Fight with Pat Sajak - Find Out Why!

Vanna White has only had one fight with her Wheel of Fortune co-star Pat Sajak after filming over 7,000 episodes of the game show together.

The 62-year-old icon says their only fight was over a hot dog!

“Believe it or not, Pat Sajak and I have only had one argument in 36 years and that was over putting ketchup on a hotdog,” Vanna told Fox News.

Vanna prefers both ketchup and mustard while Pat only likes mustard. She said, “I agree it is [weird].”

The 7,000th episode of the show aired the other day and Vanna says she never thought they’d reach that milestone. She said, “No I did not, and it’s thanks to all of our loyal viewers. I want to thank them for watching all these years.”

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