Alex Trebek recovering from brain surgery, when will he be returning to "Jeopardy!"?

Trebek and "Jeopardy!" say that the procedure was successful and he will be back in the studio later this month

Published January 5, 2018 11:31AM (EST)

Alex Trebek (Getty/Emma McIntyre)
Alex Trebek (Getty/Emma McIntyre)

Longtime host of "Jeopardy!" Alex Trebek shared Thursday that he underwent surgery over the holiday break to remove blood clots on his brain that stemmed from a fall several months before.

Through a video released on the "Jeopardy!" website and YouTube channel, Trebek described his condition as a "slight medical problem" called subdural hematoma. "Surgery was performed," he said, "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 'Jeopary!' programs very, very soon."

On the show's website, it added in a statement that Trebek was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for "complications from hitting his head in a fall that took place in October," and the hematoma was removed on December 16. The site confirmed  that the surgery was successful and Trebek is expected to make a full recovery.

According to "Jeopardy!", Trebek will return in mid-January to resume taping for the show. "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," the statement said. "Otherwise, 'Jeopardy!’s' broadcast schedule is unaffected."

Alex Trebek, 77, has hosted the signature quiz show for almost 34 years, longer than some of the show's contestants have been alive.

By Rachel Leah

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