TV's Alex Trebek "up and about" after heart attack

LOS ANGELES Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:38pm EDT

Television host Alex Trebek accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19, 2011. REUTERS/Richard Brian

Television host Alex Trebek accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Alex Trebek, host of television game show "Jeopardy!," is "up and about" in his hospital room as he recovers from a mild heart attack this past weekend, a spokeswoman for the program's studio said on Monday.

"Alex is up and about and in good spirits while doctors complete their testing at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He has been moved to a regular room today and looks forward to returning home as soon as his doctors give their approval," Paula Askanas, a spokeswoman for Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement released on Monday.

Trebek, 71, was admitted into Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles on Saturday and has been undergoing treatment since. He is expected to return to taping a new season of "Jeopardy!" in July.

"Jeopardy!," a general knowledge quiz, is one of the longest-running game shows on U.S. television, entering its 29th season in July. Trebek was hospitalized for an earlier heart attack in 2007.

(Reporting By Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and M.D. Golan)

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