Trebek has been the host of the show since 1984 and announced in March 2018 that he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Jeopardy! is a show from the 80s that is iconic in its own ways and it's clear that the host for the past few decades Alex Trebek still has hordes of fans that truly care about him. When he announced in March 2018 that he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer via a YouTube video in which he vowed to “fight” the disease and “keep working", there was an outpour of love for the host. It all started with stomach pain, he says, that made him visit the doctor. “I knew as soon as the doctor came back and mentioned the pancreas. I said, ‘Uh-oh, it’s going to be cancer,” Trebek said, reports ABC.
It was a true honor to sit down with Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean. Alex is a fighter and a hero to so many, including myself. Thank you Alex and Jean for sharing your story. 🙏🏾— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) January 2, 2020
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He then shared the news with his wife of 29 years, Jean Trebek. However, he said he didn’t tell her “as quickly as I could have” because “it was not devastating news to me.” But he knows he may not have much time left and says that his fans and prayer have been his biggest pillars of support.
“I have learned something in the past year and it’s this: We don’t know when we’re going to die,” Alex Trebek said. “Because of the cancer diagnosis, it’s no longer an open-ended life, it’s a closed-ended life because of the terrible...survival rates of pancreatic cancer. Because of that, and something else that is operating here, people all over America and abroad have decided they want to let me know now, while I’m alive, about the impact that I’ve been having on their existence.”
“They have come out and they have told me, and my gosh, it makes me feel so good,” he added.
Despite the disease, Trebek spends time working and focusing on his hobbies. Alex Trebek has previously said that he’ll stay hosting the show “as long as my skills have not diminished.” However, he has confessed that lately, he has thought about how he'll leave the show. “It’ll be a significant moment for me,” he said. “But I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and what I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the showdown to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want.’ And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me...then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”