Wearing a "Jeopardy" baseball cap and using the same tone he employs to explain hard subjects on the show, Trebek says "I had a slight medical problem, subdural hematoma, blood clots on the brain caused by a fall I endured about two months ago". He was diagnosed with the condition in mid-December, and had surgery to treat it the next day.
"I had a slight medical problem―subdural hematoma―blood clots on his brain caused by a fall I endured about two months ago", he said on YouTube.
He also thanked viewers for their concern.
Because the show is taped so far in advance, fans won't notice much of a disruption in the airing schedule, aside from the shifting of its annual College Championship episodes from March to April, according to Variety.
He's had other public health scares: A heart attack in 2007 and another in 2012. "I had been doing some work around the house, working with a heavy ladder", he told People magazine shortly after the incident.More news: Roy Moore accuser Leigh Corfman files defamation lawsuit
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He credited aspirin, taken when he thought it was a muscle issue, with resolving the artery blockage.
Trebek will return to taping Jeopardy! episodes in mid-Jan.
The surgery, which required Trebek to take a brief break from the show to recover, has only mildly affected the show's 2018 schedule. "So why has Jeopardy! survived?"
Happily, Trebek will be back soon, primed to outlast more game shows.