'Jeopardy!' on hiatus while Alex Trebek recovers from brain surgery

Alex Trebek

Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek had surgery for blood clots on the brain, but says he'll be back on the podium soon. Trebek, 77, underwent surgery in December after he hit his head during a fall, which caused some bleeding outside the brain. "Surgery was performed", he continues, "after two days in the hospital I came home and started recovery". Luckily, it doesn't seem to be as serious as it sounds, with Sony Pictures Entertainment releasing a statement saying that "he is expected to make a full and complete recovery".

The company expects taping of Jeopardy! to resume in mid-January.

The syndicated program Jeopardy is viewed by 23 million people each week, making it the top-rated quiz show on U.S. television.

"Some of you may have heard by now that during the holiday break I had a slight medical problem", Trebek said in a video posted on Twitter.

According to Deadline, production on the show will only be slightly affected - the upcoming College Championship will film in March instead of this month.

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