We’ll take “Medical Terms” for 500, Alex. The 77-year-old Jeopardy! host released a video Thursday night updating the public about emergency brain surgery he had in mid-December to remove blood clots from his brain. According to the Trebek, the blood clots (or “subdural hematoma” because this is Trebek we’re talking about and accuracy matters) were the result of a fall he took in October where he hit his head. It looks like he’s going to be just fine though.
“Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery,” he says in the video, “The progress is excellent and I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy! episodes very, very soon.”
Alex underwent surgery in late December, but he’s already up and around. We’ll let him tell you the news… pic.twitter.com/5LOA4etPDK
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 4, 2018
A statement on the show’s website assured the public that since they tape months in advance, there won’t be any interruption in scheduling except for the College Championship which will be in April instead of February. Trebek is expected to be back reading answers and serving those iconic classy-yet-judgmental looks in mid-January.
Although Alex seems to be doing well hanging out at home and resting his brain, people are still pretty concerned about the host. “What is DON’T DIE ON ME TREBEK?”
The 🐐 game show host. Nobody combines that level of professionalism and subtle snark like Alex.
— Chief Garvey (@OedipusRexRyan) January 4, 2018
Nothing, not robbers nor hematomas, can keep Trebek down 🙌🏻 https://t.co/WuBwKYEakF
— Megan Urquhart (@zeemcd) January 5, 2018
Listen here, 2018. If you touch Trebek I will end you. YOU WILL NOT TAKE ALEX TREBEK FROM ME. https://t.co/JrSAsBBLM6
— Moira, with a seasonally appropriate witty pun (@MoiraBridget) January 5, 2018
“Don’t you dare die on me, Trebek.”
“Sorry, you didn’t phrase that in the form of a question -”
“GOD DAMN IT, WHAT IS DON’T YOU DARE DIE ON ME, TREBEK” https://t.co/7kJdTitkuX
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) January 5, 2018
Sorry, we can’t accept that as it wasn’t formed as a question. The correct answer is “What is the phrase ‘wishing you a full recovery.”
— J. M. Giordano photo (@jmgpix) January 5, 2018
If keeping your brain active is actually the way to live forever, we’re pretty sure Alex Trebek is immortal. He’s 77 and apparently making a full recovery from what the US National Library of Medicine calls “among the deadliest of all head injuries.” You go, Trebek.
Now, let’s all watch our national hero end a man by emphasizing the distinction between “gangster” and “gangsta.”
— Eric Gaydos (@ericgaydos) January 1, 2018