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“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has had brain surgery, but it’s not having a huge effect on the broadcast schedule of the game show. (Courtesy photo)

The answer is: Alex Trebek had brain surgery.

It’s the reason for the delay of the annual College Championship on “Jeopardy!,” which will tape in March and air in April this year.

Production on the TV game show has briefly halted while the host recuperates.

Trebek went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 15 after experiencing complications from hitting his head in a fall in October. He was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and underwent surgery to remove it the next day.

The surgery was successful, and he was released from the hospital two days later, he explains in a video, while looking calm and healthy and wearing a baseball cap with a “Jeopardy” logo.

Expected to recover completely, he’ll resume taping the show this month. Because the program is filmed in advance, the only effect on the broadcast schedule is the postponement of the college competition.

Trebek, 77, had a mild heart attack in 2012 and knee surgery in 2015, according to Page Six. In May, he signed on to continue hosting through the 2019-20 season, the syndicated show’s 36th (with announcer Johnny Gilbert) on the air.

Seniors may remember host Art Fleming and announcer Don Pardo from the original NBC show — created by Merv Griffin — which debuted in 1964.

MADONNA’S UNDIES

Madonna apparently is in a twist about her old panties.

The Gotta Have Rock and Roll online auction is offering a pair of “worn silky white panties” sent to her then-boyfriend Peter Shue in the early 1990s along with a handwritten and signed love letter to him and an original Polaroid photograph of her dog.

The minimum bid starts at $100,000.

RadarOnline is reporting that Shue has claimed that the pop star’s legal team wants to buy the undies back, but they can’t agree on a price.

PUBLIC ART NEWS

Jason Jägel is the artist responsible for the fun murals with cartoon-like characters decorating the building site barricades on Stockton and Washington streets; the Chinatown mural, called “Procession,” will be up for a year as construction continues on the Central Subway station, according to Tom DeCaigny, The City’s cultural arts director. … “The Land of the Helping Hand,” an equally cool mural by Sirron Norris in which animals hang out among Bay Area landmarks, is new in pediatric emergency at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital; hospital CEO Dr. Susan Ehrlich calls it an “oasis of warmth, life and color.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

DJ Deadmau5 is 37. … Actress January Jones is 40. … Actor Bradley Cooper is 43. … Singer Marilyn Manson is 49. … Dancer Carrie Ann Inaba is 50. … Actress Diane Keaton is 72. …. Director Hayao Miyazaki is 77. .. Actor Robert Duvall is 87.

— Staff, wire report

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