“Jeopardy!” host and game show legend Alex Trebek has suffered a mild heart attack, a spokesperson for Sony Television confirms. Trebek checked in to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday — which is why he was not available to accept “Jeopardy’s” Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show.
“Trebek is in good spirits and is currently under observation and
undergoing further testing. He is expected to fully recover and be back
at ‘Jeopardy!’ when production begins taping in July for the new season,
the show’s 29th,” says Sony in a statement.
71-year-old Trebek also suffered a heart attack in 2007, and it didn’t keep him away from the show long then, either.
This May, Trebek told FOX News that when his current contract ends in 2014, he’s considering retiring from “Jeopardy.” “Yes, I have been thinking of retiring,” he admits. “But I’m torn
because I enjoy doing the show so much. A lot of people have been
telling me, ‘Alex, you’ve got to go for at least 30 [years]. You’ve just done
28. Now at least do two more.’.”