Alex Trebek Has Brain Surgery, Takes Medical Leave From 'Jeopardy!'

07 January, 2018, 10:17 | Author: Katrina Soto
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Trebek is expected to be back reading answers and serving those iconic classy-yet-judgmental looks in mid-January. Wearing a Jeopardy hat, Trebek appeared in good health and good spirits, saying, "I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy programs very, very soon".

The 77-year-old Canadian has become an American institution in the decades since he started hosting "Jeopardy" in 1984, beloved for the way he calmly delivers tough trivia to the cognoscenti that make up the show's contestants.

"And I want to thank all of you for your concern", he said.

Trebek fell in October.

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On Thursday, Deadline reported that Trebek, 77, had been rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 15 after suffering complications from hitting his head in a fall in October.

4, NBC News reported production of the show had been "suspended briefly" while Trebek had an operation to remove blood clots in his brain. "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.

How will this impact the show?

The only change to the show;s schedule will be the College Championship. 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.

"Otherwise, JEOPARDY!'s broadcast schedule is unaffected".

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