Jeopardy! on Hold After Trebek Has Brain Surgery

Host is recuperating from procedure in December
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2018 6:22 AM CST

(Newser) – Alex Trebek has a "slight medical problem," in his words—but it's serious enough that Jeopardy! is now on hiatus. NBC News reports the 77-year-old game show host underwent brain surgery to remove blood clots on Dec. 16 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is now recuperating. The blood clots, also known as a subdural hematoma, came about after Trebek fell in October. Per ABC News, he announced the news himself in a video posted to the show's Facebook page on Thursday.

"Prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio and taping more Jeopardy! programs very, very soon," said a baseball-cap-wearing Trebek in the video. The show tapes its episodes ahead of time, so viewers shouldn't notice much of a disruption in the schedule, though the show's college championships will be pushed to April. Trebek "is expected to make a full and complete recovery," show producer Sony Pictures Entertainment says in a statement, noting Trebek is due back in the middle of this month. (Read more Alex Trebek stories.)

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