Wheel of Fortune icon 'Baby' John Burgess, 78, rushed to hospital

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Veteran TV personality 'Baby' John Burgess has been rushed to a Perth hospital where he is in intensive care, according to reports.

The West Australian states that the 78-year-old — best known for hosting Wheel of Fortune and Burgo’s Catch Phrase — is being treated for a bacterial infection at the Royal Perth Hospital's intensive care unit.

TV host John Burgess arrives at the live production of
Wheel of Fortune host 'Baby' John Burgess at a Channel Nine event in 2010. Photo: Getty Images.

He is believed to be in a stable condition with his wife Jan by his side and is due to be released from hospital on Friday.

Burgess' manager Evan Broadway told the outlet that the long-time radio star was eager to get back behind the mic at Perth station 6iX for his next Saturday morning show.

"He wanted to work Saturday, and we said, 'Nah mate have the weekend off, just take the day off,'" Mr Broadway said.

"But that's just how loyal he is to his listeners."


TV Host John Burgess and his wife Jan attend the Variety Australia 30th Birthday Gala Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel October 15, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stephane L'hostis/Getty Images)
Baby John and his wife Jan at the Variety Australia 30th Birthday Gala Dinner in 2005. Photo: Getty Images.

Born in Sydney, 'Burgo' got his start in radio at the tender age of 22 at 2UW in 1965 and has been on-air at various different stations pretty much every year since.

He joined Channel Seven's game show Wheel of Fortune as the host in 1984 and, after just over two decades in the role became the program's longest-serving presenter.

He later hosted Channel Nine's Burgo’s Catch Phrase, a local version of the US show, Catchphrase, and Pass the Buck.

Over the past few years, Baby John has reached a whole new audience with his daily jokes on Twitter.

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