Alex Trebek Says He Underwent Brain Surgery, Takes Medical Leave

January 5, 2018 Updated: January 5, 2018

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is recovering after undergoing brain surgery and has taken a medical leave from hosting duties.

“I had a slight medical problem―subdural hematoma―blood clots on his brain caused by a fall I endured about two months ago,” he said on YouTube.

Trebek, 77, said that his prognosis is “excellent,” and he will be back to tape “Jeopardy!” “very, very soon.”

“Some of you may have heard by now that during the holiday break, I had a slight medical problem — a subdural hematoma, blod clots on the brain, caused by a fall I endured about two months ago,” Trebek said in all in the video. “Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery. Prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio and taping more ‘Jeopardy!’ programs very, very soon.”

“And I want to thank all of you for your concern,” he said.

“He is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” Sony Pictures Entertainment told NBC News. “Alex spent Christmas at home with his family, and he will return to the ‘Jeopardy!’ studio for taping in mid-January.”

Trebek had surgery Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 16.

He’s hosted more than 6,800 shows over 34 seasons since “Jeopardy!” first aired in 1984.

“Jeopardy!” is taped months ahead of time.


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