Game show host Alex Trebek says he is on a leave of absence from “Jeopardy!” after recently undergoing brain surgery.
“Some of you may have heard by now that during the holiday break I had a slight medical problem – subdural hematoma, blood clots on the brain caused by a fall I endured about two months ago,” he said in a video announcing his status Thursday.
“Surgery was performed,” Trebek continued. “After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery.”
“The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more ‘Jeopardy!’ programs very, very soon. And I want to thank all of you for your concern.”
“Jeopardy!” on Thursday confirmed in a statement that Trebek was experiencing complications from a fall that took place last October.
Trebek was then admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last December 15, undergoing surgery to remove the blood clots the following day.
The surgery proved successful, and Trebek was released from the hospital on December 18 under the expectation he would fully recover.
“Alex spent Christmas at home with his family and he will return to the ‘Jeopardy!’ studio for taping in mid-January,” the program said.
“Because ‘Jeopardy!’ tapes months in advance, the only change made to the show’s schedule concerns the upcoming College Championship, which will now air in April. Otherwise, Jeopardy!’s broadcast schedule is unaffected.”
The Washington Post on Friday reported that “Jeopardy!” is in its 34th season after Trebek began hosting a revival of the contest in 1984.
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced last May that Trebek had renewed his contract to keep hosting the program through the 2019-2020 season.
Trebek hosted his 6,829th episode of “Jeopardy!” in 2014, winning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The television personality has the distinction of hosting the most game show episodes as the same presenter on the same show in the world.