'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek on medical leave after surgery

  • 'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek on medical leave after surgery

'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek on medical leave after surgery

Trebek, who has hosted the trivia show for more than 33 years, was treated for blood clots on the brain - called a subdural hematoma - in late December after a fall in October.

The syndicated program "Jeopardy" is viewed by 23 million people each week, making it the top-rated quiz show on USA television. His prognosis, he said, is "excellent" and he will be back to tape "Jeopardy!".

"Some of you might have heard by now that during the holiday break, I had a slight medical problem", Trebek, 77, said in the video, before explaining the issue. He will resume taping Jeopardy! in mid-January. However, Trebek's swift recovery is paramount, and he seems to be on the mend. Trebek asked Brooks if he knew the first television game show Trebek hosted in the U.S. Brooks quickly answered "The Wizard of Odds" and sang part of the opening song for the short-lived 1970s NBC show.

Trebek recorded a video that was accompanied by a text update on his condition on the iconic game show's website. He underwent surgery in mid-December.

Producers told Variety that because "Jeopardy!" has a long lead time in taping, the only change to the show's on-air schedule would be shifting its College Championship episodes from March to April.

We're hoping Alex continues to have a speedy recovery and returns to Jeopardy quickly.