Alex Trebek has suffered a mild heart attack. The Jeopardy! host suffered the heart attack on Saturday and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors caring for the famed talk show host say he is expected to make a full recovery.
A Sony Television spokeswoman says Trebek is expected to make a full recover and return to his hosting duties when a new season of Jeopardy! begins filming in July 2012. The new season will be the 29th for the popular game show.
The 71-year-old talk show host checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and remained there until Sunday afternoon.
According to Sony’s Paula Askanas:
“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.”
Alex Trebek’s heart attack occurred just after he won the best game show Emmy award at the Daytime Emmy awards on Saturday.
This is not the first time the famed talk show host has suffered from a heart attack, in 2007 he also suffered a mild attack that saw him return to his hosting duties only a short time afterwards. In July 2011 Trebek also injured his Achilles tendon while chasing down a burglar.
While Alex Trebek was not the first host of the popular question-based talk show he has served for the longest period of time, taking over the show on September 10, 1984 and continuing his hosting duties ever since.