As the 35th season of Jeopardy! wraps up, host Alex Trebek is sharing and hopeful message and a health update regarding his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
In a video posted to the Jeopardy! Instagram page, Alex stands on the game show set and thanks fans for their continued support.
“Some of you may recall that at the beginning of this season I promised you that we had some surprises in store for you,” Alex said in the video. “Well, of course, I had no idea at that time that there were some surprises in store for me as well. So here, on the last day of taping for our 35th anniversary season, I want to once again thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support. Particularly, the many cards I have received from young people. I am touched beyond words.”
The game show host went on to say, “I’ve always tried to be straight with you and I’m not going to stop now. So, despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy and we — by we, the staff — is already working on our next season, the 36th year of Jeopardy! So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff.”
Alex revealed in March that he was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer and he planned to fight the disease.
“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,” he said in the announcement.
The 78-year-old joked that he has to get better because his contract has him hosting Jeopardy! for the next three years, taking him to 2022. We wish Alex luck.