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Vanna White Hosts ’Wheel of Fortune’ for First Time. On Dec. 9, Vanna White stepped away from the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ letter board and into the show’s hosting role for the first time in 37 years. Producers reportedly asked her to step in for longtime host Pat Sajak after he had to undergo emergency intestinal surgery. The request to host came as a surprise to White, who revealed she’d never before considered taking on the role. 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?! , Vanna White, via ‘NYT’. Despite her admitted nerves, White successfully hosted the episode and will continue to do so for the next three weeks. 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 … 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, Vanna White, via ‘NYT’. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will take over White’s spot at the letter board for the next two weeks of her hosting gig, with a mystery stand-in to take the role in the third week.