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

Tonya Becker
January 5, 2018

The collapse caused a subdural hematoma or blood clots in the brain and he had to undergo a brain surgery to get rid of the clots.

Alex Trebek is taking a brief medical leave from his work as host of "Jeopardy" following surgery last month. But he assured fans he is coming back to the show soon. Per ABC News, he announced the news himself in a video posted to the show's Facebook page on Thursday. It turns out that Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 15 after experiencing some complications that reportedly stemmed from a bump on the head he took during a fall in October.

"Surgery was performed", he said "After two days in the hospital I came home and started recovery". The prognosis is excellent.


Trebek's absence isn't expected to affect the show much, since episodes are taped months in advance.

The following year, he suffered a mild heart attack.

Jeopardy! debuted as a daytime show in 1964, and ran until 1975.


However, none of these health problems have dissuaded Trebek from hosting the quiz show.

Trebek, 77, has been the host of Jeopardy! since its return to American television in 1984.


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