Host of ‘Jeopardy’ Alex Trebek Declears He Has Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer
Alex Trebek, the old “Jeopardy!” host, revealed on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the pancreas.
Trebek, 78, uttered this in a video posted to YouTube though he hinted that he will try and complete this season of “Jeopardy!”
“Just like 50,000 people in the united states every year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” he mentioned.
Pancreatic cancer, on the average and across all stages, hold a 5-year survival rate, according to the American Cancer Society.
Trebek, 78, has hosted “Jeopardy” since 1984 when the show began airing daily in syndication.
Sony Pictures chairman Mike Hopkins said in a statement Wed, “If anyone will beat this it’s Alex. He has our full support as he tackles this challenge head-on.”
Trebek is renowned for his fast wit and sense of humor, which was on show in his announcement, despite the sepulchral message at its core.
“Truth told, I have to keep entertaining because, beneath the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy’ for three additional years,” he joked. “So help me. Keep the faith, and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.”
Following the news of his diagnosis, former “Jeopardy” champions, celebrity fans and even fellow romp hosts have expressed support for Trebek.
“Now, usually, the prognosis for this is not encouraging; however, I’m going to fight this. And I’m visiting friends and will keep functioning with the love and support of my family and friends, and with your prayers together. I am determined to beat the low survival rate statistics have painted for this illness,” he asserted
Trebek has hosted the show since 1984. He took leave of absence in Jan 2018 after surgery to get rid of blood clots from his brain.
In October of 2018, he renewed his contract with Sony pictures to continue as host of the quiz show through 2022.
Ken Jennings, a former employee who holds the record for the longest winning streak on “Jeopardy!” said on Twitter that Trebek is an institution like Walter Cronkite.
“I’ve said this before though Alex Trebek is in a way the last Cronkite: authoritative, soothing TV voice you hear every night, virtually to the point of formality,” Jennings said. “One thing I know for a fact: Alex is extremely conscious of how much he means to many people and the way we are going to be pulling this for him…I hope that’s comforting.”