Longtime game show host Alex Trebek just made a sad announcement: He’s been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
TMZ reported the news on March 6, noting that its sources say Alex’s intention is to finish out the currently airing season of Jeopardy! But beyond that, his future on the show is in question as he battles this disease.
The Ontario, Toronto, native recorded a video message for fans so that they would hear the news directly from him.
“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,” he began his announcement.
“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,” he continued. “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!” he joked. “So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”
Alex and his family are in our thoughts.
This isn’t the first time the host has had a medical scare that impacted his ability to continue on Jeopardy! Watch the video to learn about the 2018 brain surgery Alex successfully overcame.
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