Jeopardy! Pauses Production While Host Alex Trebek Recovers from Brain Surgery

Alex Trebek

Trebek, 77, underwent surgery in December after he hit his head during a fall, which caused some bleeding outside the brain.

"Surgery was performed", he continues, "after two days in the hospital I came home and started recovery".

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"He is expected to make a full and complete recovery", Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces "Jeopardy!" said in a statement to NBC News. "Alex spent Christmas at home with his family, and he will return to the Jeopardy! studio for taping in mid-January".

Trebek has hosted the syndicated quiz show since 1984, when it was revived by creator Merv Griffin and King World Productions. The only schedule change will be in moving the annual college championship to April.

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The show's producer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement that Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on December 15 and underwent surgery the following day. Tournament of Champions finalists Buzzy Cohen, Alan Lin and Austin Rogers. He suffered a mild heart attack in 2012 and underwent knee surgery in 2015. Although there have been occasional postponements in the show's taping, Trebek has hosted Jeopardy! for 33 years and is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. He explained his condition to the fans before promising them he'll be back to host the show as soon as possible.

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