"Alex underwent surgery in late December, but he's already up and around".
"Some of you may have heard that during the holiday break I had a slight medical problem", Trebek begins.
Production on Jeopardy! has been put on a brief hiatus while longtime host Alex Trebek recuperates from surgery. Per ABC News, he announced the news himself in a video posted to the show's Facebook page on Thursday.
"Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery", he continued.
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Trebek, 77, had an operation to remove blood clots on the brain, a condition called subdural hematoma, after a fall he endured in October.
He's been hosting "Jeopardy" since 1984. Trebek "is expected to make a full and complete recovery", show producer Sony Pictures Entertainment says in a statement, noting Trebek is due back in the middle of this month.
According to Deadline, Trebek is expected to resume taping later this month and the show's broadcast schedule is not expected to be affected as episodes are taped months in advance.