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Alex Trebek on the Mend

'Jeopardy!' host recovering from brain surgery


What is good news for "Jeopardy!" fans?

Host Alex Trebek reports he is recovering from recent surgery to remove blood clots on his brain—"a slight medical problem," he understates in typical Canadian modesty.

The health scare has temporarily halted production of the syndicated game show that he has hosted since 1984.

Trebek, 77, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on December 15 after "experiencing complications" from a head injury he sustained in a fall two months earlier. No further details of the accident have been released.

He underwent surgery to remove a subdural hematoma the next day and returned home December 18.

Trebek assures fans he's recovering well in a 30-second clip posted on the "Jeopardy!" website. "The prognosis is excellent," he says, sitting on a sofa and wearing a blue "Jeopardy!" baseball cap, "and I expect to be back in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy!' programs very, very soon."

"And I want to thank all of you," he adds with a quick jab of his forefinger, "for your concern."

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