'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek On Medical Leave Following Surgery

Alex Trebek

But at 77 years old, Trebek has been dealing with some health issues, and he had to take medical leave to undergo brain surgery to remove blood clots.

"Surgery was performed", he continues, "after two days in the hospital I came home and started recovery". As a result, he developed a complication in his brain called a subdural hematoma, which doctors discovered around mid-December 2017. Luckily, it doesn't seem to be as serious as it sounds, with Sony Pictures Entertainment releasing a statement saying that "he is expected to make a full and complete recovery".

Trebek has hosted the syndicated quiz show since 1984, when it was revived by creator Merv Griffin and King World Productions.

Trebek is set to return to taping "Jeopardy" in mid-January.

Producers told Variety that because "Jeopardy!" has a long lead time in taping, the only change to the show's on-air schedule would be shifting its College Championship episodes from March to April.

Production on Jeopardy! has been put on a brief hiatus while longtime host Alex Trebek recuperates from surgery.

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