'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek undergoes brain surgery, takes medical leave from show

Peter Castro
January 5, 2018

News reports the 77-year-old game show host underwent brain surgery to remove blood clots on December 16 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is now recuperating. Per ABC News, he announced the news himself in a video posted to the show's Facebook page on Thursday.

Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! since 1984, and is contracted to host until 2020. "And I want to thank all of you for your concern".

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"Trebek says he spent two days in the hospital after the surgery and that his "prognosis is excellent".

Trebek will resume taping 'Jeopardy!' in mid-January, reports Deadline. "And I expect to be back in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy!' programs very, very soon", Trebek added. Because the show is filmed months in advance, its broadcast schedule won't be affected with one exception: The upcoming College Championship, which was supposed to tape now, will film in March and air in April. Trebek, 77, underwent surgery in December after he hit his head during a fall, which caused some bleeding outside the brain.

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