In an era when television game shows are practically non-existent anymore, it’s pretty impressive that “Jeopardy!” has been going strong for more than three decades. The show’s beloved host, Alex Trebek has been entertaining faithful viewers for 27 years and is part of the reason people tune in to watch. However, now there’s some tragic news about the longtime host who has been in our homes on the television for years.
Trebek looks like the picture of health but recently revealed that’s not the case as he faces his own mortality. What he’s downplaying as a “slight medical problem” is actually considered one of the most deadly injuries, according to US National Library of Medicine.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is taking a medical leave after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain, Trebek and his production team said Thursday.
Trebek, 77, was diagnosed in mid-December with a condition known as subdural hematoma, a complication from hitting his head in a bad fall in October, he said. He underwent surgery the following day.
“After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery,” Trebek said in a video posted to the game show’s website. “The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more ‘Jeopardy!’ programs very, very soon!”
“He is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” the post states, noting that because the show tapes months in advance, its broadcast schedule will be unaffected except for its College Championship, which will now air in April.
While it’s good to hear that the show will go on and Trebek will be back, a hematoma like what he suffered is a very serious condition that could have cost him his life had he not caught it when he did.
CNN explains, “It is a blood clot on the brain’s surface beneath its outer covering, called the dura. It usually results from severe head injuries but can be caused by minor injuries as well and can go unnoticed for days or weeks.”