FILE - In this April 30, 2017 file photo, Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif. Longtime âœJeopardyâ host Trebek had surgery for blood clots on the brain, but says heâll be back behind the podium soon. Trebek appeared in a video on the âœJeopardyâ Facebook page Thursday, Jan. 5, 2018, to announce that heâd had the surgery during the showâs holiday break. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Friday, January 05, 2018 1:00 pm
'Jeopardy' host Trebek has surgery for blood clots on brain
LOS ANGELES -- Longtime "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek had surgery for blood clots on the brain, but assured fans he'd be back reading clues to contestants soon.
Trebek appeared in a video on the "Jeopardy" Facebook page Thursday to announce he'd had the surgery during the show's holiday break.
Wearing a "Jeopardy" baseball cap and using the same tone he employs to explain difficult subjects on the show, Trebek says, "I had a slight medical problem, subdural hematoma, blood clots on the brain caused by a fall I endured about two months ago."
"Surgery was performed," he continues. "After two days in the hospital I came home and started recovery. The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy' programs very, very soon."
He gave no specific timetable for when he might return.
The 77-year-old Canadian has become a U.S. 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.