Jeopardy! will (sadly) be without their smarmy grandpa host for a while, as Alex Trebek is recovering from some major brain surgery. Please lord please tell me the doctor who tinkered with his brain didn’t touch the part responsible for roasting contestants. Nobody is watching Jeopardy! for the Daily Double.
Alex dropped a video yesterday, explaining that about two months ago, he fell and suffered a subdural hematoma (in basic terms, he got blood clots on his brain). He was taken to the hospital on December 16th, where he went in for surgery to fix the damage of that subdural hematoma. Two days later, he went home to recover. Alex is doing fine, but he still has to take it easy.
Here’s Alex talking about his medical scare in what I assume is his living room. The answer: TINY CERAMIC PANDAS. The question: what is my favorite element of that living room?
Variety says that Alex will be on medical leave from Jeopardy! for a few more weeks. He’s scheduled to return mid-January. Jeopardy! producer Sony Pictures TV tells Variety that Alex is expected to make a full recovery. Jeopardy! tapes long in advance, so there won’t be any major schedule upsets. The only change will be that the annual College Championship episodes will air in April instead of March.
Alex shouldn’t rush himself. If he doesn’t feel like coming back just yet, I’m sure Jeopardy! could find another grey-haired man in his late-70s with hosting experience. Is Maury Povich available for some evening work? I would definitely watch Maury reveal the answer to Final Jeopardy as the winning contestant busted out a victory dance to the Jeopardy! theme.