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Pat Sajak Reveals When He'll Be Returning to 'Wheel of Fortune'

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By Natalie Hunter

Dedicated 'Wheel of Fortune' fans may have noticed that Pat Sajak hasn't been present for the most recent 'Wheel of Fortune' episodes. Sajak had to undergo emergency surgery due to a blocked intestine. In his place, Vanna White has been hosting the show with the help of either Mickey or Minnie Mouse depending on the episode.

According to PopCulture, Sajak went on 'Good Morning America' to discuss the surgery and his recovery process. During the interview, he admitted that he thought he was going to die at one point.

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"You couldn't do anything. I was in [a] fetal position, lying on the bed," he recalled of the surgery. "They try to give you various drugs for the pain. And none of it — none — was working. And then they gave me something, I couldn't even tell you the name of it, but suddenly, I wasn't thinking about the pain. I just had these beautiful pastels and lovely faces coming out of it."

Then things took a sudden dark turn.

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"In the background, I could hear my wife and daughter talking. It sounded like they were a mile off, but they were right next to me," he continued. "They were talking to each other. And I remember thinking, not in a morbid way, 'I think this must be death. This must be what death is like," he continued.

Sajak was at peace with the idea of his death. He admitted that his biggest concern was how his wife and daughter would handle his death,

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Sajak continued to ponder what his death would mean for his family. "Hearing their voices, I thought, 'Boy, their lives are gonna change now.' And I felt badly for them. I didn't feel badly about dying. I felt badly that they were gonna have to deal with the aftermath. As it turned out, I was just high," he concluded humorously.

Luckily for Sajak, the drugs finally kicked in and allowed him to have a successful surgery. He said his recovery has been great.

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"I'm feelin' great," he said, hinting that he may be returning to host 'Wheel of Fortune' sooner than expected.

"I've actually felt ridiculously good for several weeks. I've been back in the studio actually, doing shows. Even spinning the wheel and, you know, nothing has popped. So I think it's OK," he continued. The 73-year-old is already back at work hosting the iconic game show. Fans can expect to see him once again in episodes in the very near future.

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