‘Jeopardy’ host Trebek has surgery for blood clots on brain

Alex Trebek, Austin Rogers
CORRECTS LAST NAME TO TREBEK INSTEAD OF TREBEC This image released by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, left, and contestant Austin Rogers, whose 12-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday's broadcast. Rogers finished his run in fifth place on the all-time regular-season (non-tournament), winning $411,000. (Carol Kaelson/Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Longtime “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek had surgery for blood clots on the brain, but says he’ll be back on the podium soon.

Trebek appeared in a video on the “Jeopardy” Facebook page Thursday to announce that he’d had the surgery during the show’s holiday break.

Using the same tone he employs to distill difficult subjects on the show, Trebek explains that after taking a fall two months ago he suffered a “slight medical problem, subdural hematoma, blood clots on the brain.”

Trebek says he spent two days in the hospital after the surgery and that his “prognosis is excellent.”

He says he expects to be back in the studio soon, but gave no specific timetable.

The 77-year-old has hosted “Jeopardy” since 1984.

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