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Alex Trebek Opens Up About Heart Attack Scare And Takes Some Leave From Iconic Hosting Gig

The well-known and immensely popular host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek, 77, has announced that he will be taking a brief break from hosting the popular game show. Trebek made the decision to take some leave after undergoing brain surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Since 1984, Trebek has been at the forefront of Jeopardy!, hosting and running the program without any major breaks or prolonged absences. Even after having heart attacks and blood clots, Trebek has always managed to return to his host position.

"Some of you may have heard by now that during the holiday break I had a slight medical problem, subdural hematoma, blood clots on the brain caused by a fall I endured about two months ago," Trebek told viewers in a video uploaded to the official Jeopardy! website.

"The surgery was successful. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery."

"The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy! programs very, very soon."

In a written statement underneath the emails, Jeopardy! producers added: “Alex spent Christmas at home with his family, and he will return to the Jeopardy! studio for taping in mid-January."

They continued, "Because Jeopardy! tapes months in advance, the only change made to the show's schedule concerns the upcoming College Championship, which will now air in April. Otherwise, Jeopardy!'s broadcast schedule is unaffected."

This isn’t the first time that Trebek had taken leave from Jeopardy! as a result of health issues. Alongside the subdural hepatoma, Trebek has also suffered from two mild heart attacks.

In a recent interview with, Trebek opened up about the impact his heart attacks had on his family.

“I had been doing some work around the house working with a heavy ladder…I just thought it was muscle strain,” Trebek said as he recalled his first heart attack. Trebek only decided to get himself checked by a medical professional because of his concerned wife.

“She was very adamant and had tears in her eyes,” recalled Trebek. “I didn’t want to upset her more than I had already so I went – and she was right.”

Fortunately for Trebek, doctors discovered that the blockage in his heart had already been cleared. However, doctors were still worried about Trebek’s health and feared that he could have another attack in future.

“My body cleared the blockage itself,” said Trebek, who believes that his body only cleared the blockage because of the aspirin he was taking. “My heart seems to heal, so that speaks well for my future.”

“I’m going to try and take it easy, but I have a lot of things to do around the house,” emphasized Trebek. “I’m going to make sure someone helps me haul the stuff to my truck."

"I’m not going to do it myself. I’m not that dumb – yet.”

Despite the terrifying health scare, the iconic Jeopardy! host is not going to let something like a heart attack ruin his positive, carefree attitude.

“It’s just an attempt to get attention,” he sarcastically told “[It had] almost as big an effect as when I shaved my mustache 12 years ago.”

Source: People, Rolling Stone
Photo: YouTube

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