'Jeopardy!' on hiatus while Alex Trebek recovers from brain surgery

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The popular game show “Jeopardy!” is on hiatus after its longtime host, Alex Trebek, underwent an unexpected surgery last month.

The show posted a video to its website on Thursday along with a message to fans. It turns out that Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 15 after experiencing some complications that reportedly stemmed from a bump on the head he took during a fall in October.

He was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and underwent surgery to remove blood clots from his brain the following day. The host appeared in a brief video in which he acknowledged the incident and gave an update on his recovery.

“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,” he said. “And I want to thank all of you for your concern."