Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has revealed he is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The legendary game show host announced his diagnosis via the Jeopardy! YouTube channel. His video statement is as follows:
“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.
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 has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984. He earned the Guinness World Record for “Most Game Show Episodes Hosted By The Same Presenter” in June 2014.
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