Alex Trebek Takes 'Jeopardy!' Break After Brain Surgery

Alex Trebek Takes 'Jeopardy!' Break After Brain Surgery

Alex Trebek Takes 'Jeopardy!' Break After Brain Surgery

Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek will be absent from ABC's game show for a brief spell after reports of a medical leave surfaced earlier this week.

According to an update posted on the Jeopardy website, Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 15 after experiencing complications from hitting his head during a fall in October. About two months later, he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and underwent surgery to remove it.

He was back home two days after the surgery. "Jeopardy!" producer Sony Pictures Entertainment told NBC News that they expect Trebek to be back in the studio in mid-January.

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Trebek has hosted over 6,000 episodes of Jeopardy! since 1984, and despite having a heart attack in 2012, he's only missed one show taping in 1997.

The show's broadcast schedule will not be affected as the program tapes shows months in advance.

He added: "And I want to thank all of you for your concern". The only significant change is that the College Championship, which usually airs in April, will be postponed this year.

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