Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek on short medical leave following brain surgery

Alex Trebek.
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Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced Thursday he underwent brain surgery in December and is looking forward to resuming taping of the show "very, very soon."

Trebek, 77, has hosted the game show for more than 33 years. He suffered a bad fall in October and was diagnosed in December with subdural hematoma, or blood clots. He was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Dec. 15, and had surgery to remove the clots on Dec. 16. Trebek is expected to make a "full and complete recovery," Jeopardy's producer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement, and he should be back to start taping in mid-January.

Jeopardy! episodes are taped months before they air, and Sony Pictures Entertainment said the only schedule change is that the annual college championship will be delayed to April.

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