'Jeopardy!' releases statement about Alex Trebek injury

07 January, 2018, 10:19 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Alex Trebek shown last April had surgery for blood clots on the brain

Longtime "Jeopardy!" show host Alex Trebek on Friday announced that he was taking a medical leave from the show to recover from surgery to remove clots from his brain.

Dressed in a yellow sweater and blue "Jeopardy!" cap, the 77-year-old Trebek delivered the news of his surgery and recovery himself in a video posted to the show's Facebook page.

He underwent surgery on December 16, 2017, and was released two days later.

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"The prognosis is excellent and i expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy! programs very, very soon", he said. "And I want to thank all of you for your concern".

Trebek's condition resulted from a complication after a bad fall in October, when he hit his head. He "is expected to make a full and complete recovery", the statement said. "Alex spent Christmas at home with his family, and he will return to the 'Jeopardy!' studio for taping in mid-January". "I've been told that since Jeopardy! went on the air, approximately 400 other game shows have come and gone", Trebek told NPR in 2016. In 2014, Trebek hosted his 6,829 episode, earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for most game shows hosted by the same presenter.

Not to worry, diehard fans: the hiatus will not effect Jeopardy!'s schedule, with the exception of its annual college championship, which will now air in April. The broadcast schedule will otherwise be unaffected.

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