Alex Trebek just revealed he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer this week. The 78-year-old Jeopardy host made the announcement in a video message he addressed to his many fans.
Though the survival rate is very low, Trebek vows to fight it. In true Alex form, he joked he has to survive because he has three more years on his contract to host the long-running game show.
“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.
Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.
Thank you.” Alex Trebek Culver City, California March 6, 2019
If anyone can beat this, it’s the resilient Trebek. Everyday, I look forward to watching Jeopardy with my partner Brian. It’s our way to decompress after our respective days. My prayers go out to Trebek and his family during this time. Watch his video message below.
A Message From Alex Trebek – Pancreatic Cancer