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U.S. game show icon recovering from head surgery

Alex Trebek Alex Trebek
Diane Mills | 05 January, 2018, 14:43

The 77-year-old TV star appeared in a Facebook video Thursday night wearing a sweater and jeans with a "Jeopardy!" hat to reveal that he underwent surgery over the show's holiday break.

As are we. Come back soon, Alex!

He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday, December 15 after experiencing "complications" from the fall, according to an update on the show's website.

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In a video message, Trebek thanked fans for their concern as word of his surgery spread. Trebek reports, "The prognosis is excellent and I expect to be in the studio taping more Jeopardy! programs very, very soon".

Jeopardy! debuted as a daytime show in 1964, and ran until 1975. Because the show is filmed months in advance, its broadcast schedule won't be affected with one exception: The upcoming College Championship, which was supposed to tape now, will film in March and air in April. He suffered a mild heart attack in 2012 and underwent knee surgery in 2015. Then again, in 2015, he had carried out his hosting duties while being seated after getting a full knee replacement.

In May, he renewed his contract with Sony Pictures Television to host the show through the 2019-2020 season.

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