Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who has hosted the game show for more than 33 years, will put taping on a brief hold while he recovers from brain surgery, reports. The 77-year-old was diagnosed with blood clots on his brain after suffering from a fall several months ago.
According to an , Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 15 after experiencing complications from hitting his head during a fall in October. He was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and had surgery to remove it on December 16. The surgery was successful and he went home to recover two days later; he celebrated Christmas at home with his family.
Trebek is expected to make a full and complete recovery, and will return to the Jeopardy studios in mid-January to tape more episodes. The only affected episodes will be the College Championship, which will now air in April, but the rest of the Jeopardy! schedule won't be affected.
Watch Trebek's video announcement:
Read his full comments below:
"Some of you may have heard by now that during the holiday break, I had a slight medical problem: a subdural hematoma, blood clots on the brain caused by a fall I endured about two months ago. Surgery was performed; after two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery. The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy programs very, very soon. And I want to thank all of you for your concern."