Alex Trebek, Emmy-winning host of ‘Jeopardy!’, has addressed the public in a Youtube video to announce he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Trebek delivers the news in a calm and optimistic manner explaining that he intends to beat his cancer. He even jokes that he has no choice but to do so on account of the 3 remaining years on his Jeopardy contract.
The beloved Canadian also explains that, in staying true to his policy of remaining honest and transparent with the Jeopardy fan base, he wanted people to hear the news from him.
Trebek got his start in 1961 announcing news and other events on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. He later moved on to host a number of different game shows before landing the Jeopardy gig. Although Trebek says Jeopardy is about the game and the contestants, many would argue he’s been at the heart of it since his start in 1984.
Upon news of his diagnosis, former “Jeopardy” contestants, fans, cancer survivors and fellow game show hosts have expressed support for Trebek.
So heartbroken. Miracles happen every day, and it’s not something medicine has any jurisdiction over. Keep fighting Alex, and keep believing. This is a matter of personal faith and courage, not statistics. We are with you all the way.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 6, 2019
You can beat it Alex!
— Jordan Payton (@LEGIQN) March 6, 2019
From a 30+year survivor you will beat it because attitude, faith, determination and most of all a strong support system of friends and family is everything. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you.— Filomena Spero (@filomenacspero) March 6, 2019
The iconic TV personality says he is counting on the support from friends and family, as well as prayers from his fans to help him get through this challenging time.