'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek has brain surgery: show on hiatus

Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is recovering after undergoing brain surgery.

Brittney King

Taping of the game show Jeopardy! has been suspended while longtime host Alex Trebek recovers from surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. The 77-year-old and the show's producer revealed Thursday in a video on the Jeopardy! YouTube page that Trebek had undergone surgery over the holiday break on his brain due to blood clots caused by a fall he suffered in October.


Sitting on a sofa and wearing a blue Jeopardy hat, Trebek let viewers know he is in good spirits and was eager to return to the studio "very, very soon."

I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy programs very, very soon.

As with many other syndicated game shows, Jeopardy! is taped months in advance. In a statement released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces the program, the company assured fans that there are plenty of unaired episodes already on the docket. It said the only change in its schedule would be to delay the show's annual college championship in April.


Trebek has been the hit game show host for 33 years and recently just extended his contract through the 2019-2020 season.