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‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek after brain surgery, says he will be back soon

The "Jeopardy!" host has used it in over 6,800 episodes of the game series, doling out form rebukes and droll affirmations to gamers.


Trebek used that exact same tone Thursday to announce on YouTube that he is about a leave of absence from the series after undergoing brain surgery for blood clots -- medically known as subdural hematoma -- that were "caused by a fall I endured two months past."


Wearing a yellow sweater, a blue "Jeopardy!" hat, the 77-year-old wryly dealt with the camera, calling the procedure "a small medical issue."


"operation was performed. After two days at the hospital, I came home to begin recovery," he said. "The prognosis is excellent, and that I hope to return in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy!' apps very, very shortly"


Trebek was declared to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 15 and failed surgery the next day. He had been released from the hospital on Dec. 18.


Trebek is expected to make a complete recovery and to begin taping the show again in mid-January the studio included.


"Jeopardy!" is filmed weeks in advance, so the brief filming hiatus won't affect its broadcast program, save for one exception. The College Championship will probably be filmed in March and atmosphere in April.


Trebek recently renewed his contract to keep on hosting the game series throughout the 2019-2020 year, Sony Pictures Entertainment declared in May.


The game show, which will be in its 34th season, has been hosted by Trebek since it was restored in 1984.


After he hosted his 6,829 inaugural episode of "Jeopardy!" at June 2014, the Guinness Book of World Records given him the world record for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter.


"Alex has been a mainstay of the series for all 30 seasons and has never dropped an episode because of illness."


The only time somebody else hosted the show was on April 1, 1997, when Pat Sajak from "Wheel of Fortune" switched shows for a day as an April Fool's gag.


"It's an honor to hold the Guinness World Record for hosting 'Jeopardy!,' which I have frequently said is the very best of reality TV," Trebek said in the time.


Not many game series hosts have made the star standing Trebek has.



For years, he's appeared as himself popular sitcoms ranging from "The Simpsons" to "Cheers" to "Beverly Hills, 90210." On the last episode of "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert boarded a sleigh packed with three iconic characters: Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and Trebek. And among the most enduring poems on "Saturday Night Live" found Will Ferrell impersonating the host in a mock "Celebrity Jeopardy!"


Trebek's title trended on Twitter Thursday night into early Friday morning, as fans poured out service for the host.


"I need Alex Trebek to get a quick recovery. You are in my thoughts/tweets," tweeted a single user.

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