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For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more. Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU. Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

Alex Trebek Says 'Prognosis Is Excellent' After Brain Surgery

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Alex Trebek

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek posted a YouTube video Thursday to tell fans of the show he'll be "back in the studio taping more 'Jeopardy!' programs very, very soon."

Sitting on his couch at home wearing a blue "Jeopardy!" hat, the 77-year-old TV host explained that he had surgery last month for "a subdural hematoma, a blood clot on the brain caused by a fall endured about two months ago."

Viewers won't see any disruption in the popular syndicated game show (7:30 p.m., Channels 19, 2) because episodes are taped months in advance, according to "An Update From Alex" posted on Sony Pictures Entertainment's "Jeopardy!" website.


The Sony statement filled in the rest of the details:

" 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday, December 15, as he was experiencing complications from hitting his head in a fall that took place in October. After receiving a diagnosis of a subdural hematoma, he underwent surgery to remove the hematoma on December 16. The surgery was successful, and he was released from the hospital on December 18. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery.

"Alex spent Christmas at home with his family, and he will return to the 'Jeopardy!' studio for taping in mid-January. 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."

Trebek, a Canadian, is among my favorite interviews. When Carol and Pete Rose first moved to Los Angeles, they rented a house next to Trebek owned by the game show host. (He bought it to use the tennis courts.) Twice he told me about spending a summer in Cincinnati in the late 1950s as an apartment maintenance man. He was 18, and in love.

"I was dating a girl. It was a nice summer. I worked in a large apartment complex, and was on the maintenance crew. So we mopped halls and sorted garbage," he told me.

Trebek, who has hosted the show since 1984, was presented a Daytime Emmys lifetime achievement award in 2011.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.