Note: Alex’s full video appears below:
Canadian Jeopardy host Alex Trebek is battling cancer but vowing to fight his diagnosis and keep working while doing it. Trebek is from Sudbury. He announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek, 78, recorded a message on YouTube, saying: “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. Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.” Trebek will immediately begin chemotherapy treatment, TMZ reported.
Photo Credit: Alex Trebek via Jeopardy! YouTube
Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak Tweeted this:
The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 6, 2019
Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy, tweeted a warning to Los Angeles oncologists to prepare themselves to have their pronunciations corrected.
And I hope some very good L.A. oncologists are getting ready to have their mispronunciations corrected.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 6, 2019
Here is Alex Trebek’s video: