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'Jeopardy!' taping on hiatus as host Alex Trebek recovers from surgery

'Jeopardy!' taping on hiatus as host Alex Trebek recovers from surgery

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. Per ABC News, he announced the news himself in a video posted to the show's Facebook page on Thursday.

Trebek explained that after falling in October, he suffered a subdural hematoma- a serious condition in which bleeding occurs in the brain area.

Doctors operated the following day and released the 77-year-old on December 18. "And I want to thank all of you for your concern".

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Trebek's medical leave of absence is not expected to affect the broadcast schedule for the show, which is taped months in advance. "Alex spent Christmas at home with his family, and he will return to the Jeopardy! studio for taping in mid-January".

In a video statement, Trebek said his prognosis is "excellent" and he plans to be back on the set of the popular trivia show "very, very soon". He underwent surgery to remove a subdural hematoma on December 16 and spent Christmas at home with his family, the statement said.