Jeopardy's Alex Trebek Taking Medical Leave After Brain Surgery

Alex Trebek shown last April had surgery for blood clots on the brain

Trebek appeared in a video on the Jeopardy Facebook page Thursday to announce that he'd had the surgery during the show's holiday break.

Trebek downplayed the operation as "a slight medical problem". He spent two days in the hospital and returned home to continue recuperating. About two months later, he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and underwent surgery to remove it.

The show's producer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement that Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on December 15 and underwent surgery the following day.

Trebek is set to return to taping "Jeopardy" in mid-January. He said his prognosis is "excellent", and he expects to be back taping "Jeopardy!" shows "very, very soon".

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

Production on Jeopardy! has been put on a brief hiatus while longtime host Alex Trebek recuperates from surgery. Last year, he extended his contract through the 2019-2020 season, which will be the game show's 36th year on the air in its current form.

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