There is some scary news coming out of Los Angeles Sunday — legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is in a local hospital after suffering a mild heart attack on Saturday.
A spokesperson for Sony Pictures Television (who produces the syndicated game show) confirmed that the 71-year old Trebek was hospitalized on the same day as his show ended up winning a Daytime Emmy Award, though he was bested in the hosting category by Todd Newton of “Family Game Night.” This news comes after rumors started to pop up earlier this year that Trebek was considering stepping down from his post, which he has occupied since September 10, 1984.
Trebek is expected to recover from this setback without a problem, and should be back on the show’s set later this summer to tape new episodes for the upcoming season. “Jeopardy!” has made headlines in recent years thanks to Ken Jennings and other long-tenured winners, along with having a computer known as “Watson” try to compete against some of its most-successful contestants ever in a true test of man vs. machine. It’s hard to imagine the show without Trebek, but it should be noted that he was not the original host of the program.
Our best wishes go out to Trebek on a speedy recovery, and we will have more updates as to his condition as soon as they are available.
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