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

05 January, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Constance French
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The show posted a video to its website on Thursday along with a message to fans.

He goes on to explain that he took a fall two months ago which caused subdural hematoma or blood clots on the brain.

He added: "And I want to thank all of you for your concern".

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"Surgery was performed", he continues, "after two days in the hospital I came home and started recovery". The prognosis is excellent. "And I expect to be back in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy!' programs very, very soon", Trebek added.

Trebek has hosted the syndicated quiz show since 1984, when it was revived by creator Merv Griffin and King World Productions. In 2011, he ruptured his Achilles tendon while chasing a burglar out of his hotel room. Then again, in 2015, he had carried out his hosting duties while being seated after getting a full knee replacement.

Trebek has never missed taping an episode in all these years, and was only replaced once: when he and "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak switched places on April 1, 1997.

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