Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek will be absent from ABC’s game show for a brief spell after reports of a medical leave surfaced earlier this week. According to NBC News, the 77-year-old endured brain surgery to remove blood clots.
The news site states doctors diagnosed Trebek with a subdural hematoma. The condition was reportedly ignited by a fall the Canada native experienced in October 2017.
“He is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” Sony Pictures Entertainment shared with NBC. “Alex spent Christmas at home with his family, and he will return to the Jeopardy! studio for taping in mid-January.” Trebek also shared a video message with fans to provide an update on his condition.
The nighttime quiz game show has been on the air since the mid-1960s, administering hosting privileges to Trebek since 1984.