Alex Trebek out of jeopardy after suffering heart attack

Alex Trebek, with contestant Raynell Cooper during a 2011 episode of "Jeopardy," is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a minor heart attack this weekend. Associated Press
Alex Trebek, with contestant Raynell Cooper during a 2011 episode of "Jeopardy," is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a minor heart attack this weekend. Associated Press
Posted: June 26, 2012

WE'LL TAKE "CARDIOLOGY" for $800.

Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek had a mild heart attack Saturday and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Paula Askanas, a spokeswoman for Sony Television, which distributes the popular game show, said Sunday that Trebek is expected to make a full recovery and return to "Jeopardy!" when the show resumes production in July.

While he was in the hospital on Saturday, "Jeopardy!" won a Daytime Emmy award for best game show.

> In a barely related story, two people were found dead in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide at the Beverly Hilton, just hours before the Daytime Emmy Awards were to be held at the posh hotel, police said Saturday.

The hotel was also the site of Whitney Houston's death in February, shortly before she was set to attend music exec Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party in the ballroom downstairs.

The Golden Globe Awards will be held at the hotel next January, so guests staying there that Sunday should watch out.

Before the Friday shootings, Beverly Hills had just six homicides since 2008 — about what Philadelphia had in the past week.

As for the actual Daytime Emmys, "General Hospital" won five awards in the ever-thinning daytime-drama category.

NBC's "Today" show won for best morning show. "Live with Regis and Kelly" was named best entertainment talk show (its first nod in that category) and for best talk-show hosts, so Cooper Hospital spokeswoman Kelly Ripa got a statue, and her former co-host, Regis Philbin, went out with a win.

"Dr. Oz" was named best informative talk show.

Bill Geddie, longtime associate of Barbara Walters and executive producer of her ABC talk show "The View," received the life-achievement award.

Drake vs. Brown

New York state officials say a nightclub that was the site of a bottle-hurling brawl after a dispute between the entourages of singers Drake and Chris Brown could lose its liquor license.

The New York Post reported that the State Liquor Authority filed 14 charges on Friday against the W.i.P. nightclub.

The agency says the Manhattan club has been cited for numerous fights, excessive noise and using unlicensed or unprofessional guards, including one accused of selling marijuana to an undercover investigator.

(That's to mellow out the combatants. It's a safety thing.)

> Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is suing W.i.P. and its operators for $20 million over a scratched cornea he says he suffered during the hip-hop stars' entourage brawl.

The suit says the club and its operators were negligent in security and supervision, which allowed the fight to take place.

Yes, instead of glass bottles, the club is going to switch to far-less-dangerous sippy cups.

> In unrelated hip-hop celebrity news, James Rosemond, CEO of Czar Entertainment and the man behind such hits as Salt-N-Pepa's "Shoop," has been indicted in New York on a murder-for-hire charge.

Prosecutors brought the revised indictment Friday accusing Rosemond of ordering others to kill a man in the Bronx in 2009 as payback for an assault on his 14-year-old son.

Rosemond is already in jail, recently convicted in federal court on drug-trafficking charges.

Seeing stars

Every time they announce who will be getting stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Tattle is surprised.

Ellen DeGeneres doesn't already have such a star? Ron Howard? Janis Joplin? New Kids on the Block?

They're four of the famous folks joining Helen Mirren, Jennifer Hudson, James Franco and the Backstreet Boys getting stars in 2013.

Marg Helgenberger and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the 24 inductees Friday at a news conference on Hollywood Boulevard's star-lined sidewalk.

A committee selects celebrities eligible for a star, and those who accept pay $30,000 in costs and fees.

Basically, you pay for your own party.

Entertainers slated for a star next year are Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Simon Baker, Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, Katey Segal, Matthew Perry, Olympia Dukakis, Penn & Teller (who will then make their star disappear), makeup artist Rick Baker, Steve Harvey, "Shotgun" Tom Kelly, Jane's Addiction (any addiction seems fitting on Hollywood Boulevard), Usher, Thalia and Luther Vandross.

TATTBITS

> R&B singer Maxwell has canceled his short U.S. tour after developing vocal swelling and hemorrhaging.

Maxwell said in a statement that canceling the tour "sucks" and that he plans to hit the road when his new album, "blackSUMMERS'night," is released later this year.

> Lifetime says it's picking up a new series from the creator of "Desperate Housewives."

"Devious Maids," from producer Marc Cherry and executive producer Eva Longoria, is about maids working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.

The "Devious Maids" cast includes former Philadelphian Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Grant Show and Susan Lucci.

Ah, we can hear the protests now.

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com. While he was in the hospital on Saturday, "Jeopardy!" won a Daytime Emmy award for best game show.

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