USA game show icon recovering from head surgery

Rosalie Gross
January 5, 2018

Taping of the game show "Jeopardy" has been temporarily suspended after longtime host, Alex Trebek recently underwent brain surgery to remove blood clots. But he assured fans he'd be back reading clues to contestants soon.

In a video released on Jeopardy!'s Twitter account, Trebek explained that after taking a fall in October he developed blood clots in his brain with a condition called subdural hematoma.

No timetable for when he'll be back on the air.

"Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery", he said.

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The show's producer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement that Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on December 15 and underwent surgery the following day.

Because of "Jeopardy's" long lead time in taping, the only change to the show's on-air schedule will be the shift of its College Championship episodes from March to April. Although there have been occasional postponements in the show's taping, Trebek has hosted Jeopardy! for 33 years and is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. "And I want to thank all of you for your concern".

Trebek has been hosting the popular game show since 1984.

In May, he renewed his contract with Sony Pictures Television to host the show through the 2019-2020 season.

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