Alex Trebek has brain surgery, takes medical leave from 'Jeopardy!'

05 January, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena Calif

- The popular game show "Jeopardy!" is on hiatus after its longtime host, Alex Trebek, underwent an unexpected surgery last month.

No timetable for when he'll be back on the air.

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. "Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery".

In a video message, Trebek thanked fans for their concern as word of his surgery spread. The prognosis is excellent.

Trebek's medical leave of absence is not expected to affect the broadcast schedule for the show, which is taped months in advance.

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Jeopardy! debuted as a daytime show in 1964, and ran until 1975.

The following year, he suffered a mild heart attack.

However, none of these health problems have dissuaded Trebek from hosting the quiz show.

Trebek has never missed taping an episode in all these years, and was only replaced once: when he and "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak switched places on April 1, 1997.

Watch Trebek's YouTube announcement below.

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