Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The legendary host of Jeopardy! just received the news recently, according to TMZ. Trebek made the announcement of his diagnosis Wednesday on the show’s official YouTube page.
Trebek has made no plans to retire, even as he starts chemo immediately. In the video, Trebek shows resolve, telling fans he fully plans to beat the disease. He’s also already making jokes about it too as he tells us he can’t pass away because he’s still on contract to host for another three years.
Trebek has been at the helm of Jeopardy! since 1984. Before that, he cut his teeth on smaller programs in his native country of Canada. He moved to America in 1973 and worked on NBC‘s Wizard of Odds before bouncing around shows during the early 80s. Finally, in 1984 Trebek was handed hosting duties on a game show revival series and the rest is history. Trebek is no stranger to health issues, he suffered minor heart attacks in 2007 and 2012, then took time off for brain clot surgery during 2018. Despite all of this, however, Trebek has appeared as the host of every Jeopardy! episode and by all indications plans to continue to do so until at least 2022.
Jeopardy! airs new episodes daily on NBC.