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Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek on medical leave after brain surgery to remove blood clots
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Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek on medical leave after brain surgery to remove blood clots

Longtime "Jeopardy!" show host Alex Trebek on Friday announced that he was taking a medical leave from the show to recover from surgery to remove clots from his brain.

What did he say?

In a video posted to the show's YouTube channel, the 77-year-old trivia show host revealed his medical struggle and the measures he has taken to win it.

"Some of you might have heard by now that during the holiday break, I had a slight medical problem," Trebek explained. "Surgery was performed. 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."

Trebek's "medical problem" stemmed from a fall in October. Deadline reported that Trebek was admitted in mid-December for the "successful" surgical procedure, and was discharged two days later.

The longtime show host is expected to return to production later in January. Trebek began hosting the popular show in 1984.

How will this impact the show?

As the show's episodes are taped months in advance, it's likely that Trebek's leave will not impact production of the show too much.

The broadcast schedule is expected to remain much the same, with the exception of the College Championship, which was scheduled to be filmed during the period in which Trebek has taken leave.

The College Championship filming will take place in March and air in April.

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