- Maggie Sajak—the 25-year-old country singer daughter of Wheel of Fortune’s long-time host Pat Sajak—made a special surprise appearance on the show as a letter turner.
- She was with the beloved host when he had a health scare that landed him in the hospital in need of emergency surgery.
- Sajak will be returning next week.
Watch out Pat, you’re not the only Sajak in town! In a surprise guest appearance, Maggie Sajak, the daughter of the longtime host of Wheel of Fortune joined as a letter turner alongside Vanna White who has been filling in for her famous father.
Sajak senior, 73, who has since recovered from emergency surgery after he suffered from a blocked intestine in November 2019, has already been back in the studio filming new episodes. However, due to the taping order of shows, he was not present in the episode that featured his daughter.
Anticipating potential confusion with viewers and fans, the Wheel of Fortune YouTube account posted an explainer video about Pat’s scheduled return and included an update on his health from his daughter Maggie.
“I was back from my surgery last week, and had a wonderful time on the show, and I’m not going to be here this week. It’s not that I’ve had a relapse, it’s just because of the technicalities of the taping order and all that,” explained Pat.
Later in the video, White introduces Maggie and asks the question everyone’s been wondering: “First of all, how’s Pat?”
“He’s doing well. From the perspective of his daughter, it was a scary experience, I’m not going to lie, but he’s doing great and I know he’s so excited to be back next week,” she said.
This was not Maggie’s first appearance on Wheel of Fortune. She made her television debut as a baby when her father brought her on the set of the show in 1996. “Come on kid! Well, how you doing kiddo?” Pat said introducing her to the viewers. “She’s speaking baby, you can’t quite understand this … She just turned one year old.”
Maggie may not remember much from that first appearance, but she’s glad to be back as an adult. “It’s even more fun. I’m walking a little better now, and hopefully I’m a little more eloquent than last time!”
So who is Maggie Sajak? Although she keeps a low profile and doesn’t post often on her Instagram, here’s what we know.
Born on January 5, 1995, Maggie is the youngest of Pat Sajak’s two children with wife Lesly Brown-Sajak. She and her older brother, Patrick Michael James Sajak, haven’t made very many public appearances together as a family.
She is a country singer and her YouTube page has a music video from her 2013 single “Wild Boy” but she hasn’t posted anything new in six years.
In addition to pursuing a music career, Maggie kept up with her studies, graduating from Princeton University in 2016 with a degree in history, according to the alumni directory.
While it is unclear what the singer has been up to since graduation, perhaps her Wheel of Fortune appearance signals a potential interest in a career following in her father’s footsteps?
— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) January 7, 2020