Pat Sajak's daughter, Maggie Sajak, fills Vanna White's usual role on 'Wheel of Fortune'

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Pat Sajak was on temporary leave from "Wheel of Fortune" while recovering from a recent surgery, which gave longtime co-star Vanna White the opportunity to guest host. Of course, that left a vacancy for the crucial role of letter-turner — and the perfect person to fill it.

At the top of Monday's episode, Pat confirmed in a pre-recorded message that he'll officially be back on the air full-time next week. In the meantime, viewers will get one more week of episodes with White, who teased, "You know, I could do this even better hosting the show with a Sajak."

She continued, "Everyone, please welcome Pat's daughter, Maggie Sajak."

At that, the audience was introduced to 25-year-old Maggie, who looked lovely for the occasion in a cherry red dress.

Pat underwent emergency surgery in early November to resolve a blocked intestine. During her taping, Maggie admitted that her dad's health scare was "a scary experience," but said he's "doing great, and I know he's so excited to be back next week."

Extra-devoted fans of "Wheel of Fortune" may remember when they last saw Maggie on the show — 24 years ago! Back in 1996, she toddled her way across the set with her dad by her side. The adorable clip is included in the video below.

Ahead of Maggie's debut, the dad and daughter duo sat down together on "Today," where they revealed that White helped her prepare for the show with a bit of at-home creativity.

"We acted like our refrigerator was the puzzle board," Maggie said, laughing.

Pat and wife Lesly wed in 1989 and, in addition to their daughter, they have a 29-year-old son named Patrick.

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Pat Sajak, wife Lesly & kids Pat & Maggie during "Stuart Little 2" Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - APRIL 28: Pat Sajak and Lesly Brown attend the 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 28, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Maggie Sajak, TV personality Pat Sajak and Lesly Brown attend The Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years as America's Game hosted by The Paley Center For Media at The Paley Center for Media on November 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Lesly Brown and Pat Sajak during Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios Present the Premiere of "Perfect Stranger" at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles)
Game Show Host Pat Sajak and wife Lesly Brown attending Nineth Annuel Fire and Ice Ball Benefit on December 9, 1998 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Game Show Host Pat Sajak, wife Lesly Brown and son Patrick Sajak attending the premiere of 'Aladdin' on November 8, 1992 at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

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