Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announces brain surgery, show on hiatus

Gwen Niksic

Gwen Niksic

Trebek posted a video message about the hiatus on the show's official Facebook page. YouTube channel on Thursday, Jan. 4.

He underwent surgery on December 16 for a subdural hematoma, or blood clots on the brain, that he incurred from a fall back in October. But he assured fans he'd be back reading clues to contestants soon.

He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday, December 15 after experiencing "complications" from the fall, according to an update on the show's website. The surgery was successful and he was discharged from the hospital after two days.

Tapings of "Jeopardy!" have been put on hold while host Alex Trebek recuperates from surgery.

He added: "And I want to thank all of you for your concern". The prognosis is excellent.

Trebek has been hosting the popular game show since 1984. Like many other syndicated game shows, Jeopardy! is shot months prior to its air date, because of which, its broadcast schedule will remain unaffected.

Trebek has had a history of health scares.

The following year, he suffered a mild heart attack. The 77-year-old promised a speedy return to the show.

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