Long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek provided a health update to his cancer battle, telling his viewers that he is “doing well.”
Probably the most likable guy to ever grace the screens of American televisions, a goatee-faced Trebek also announced that he will be releasing a book that he wrote during the quarantine season.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to give you a quick health update. I am doing well. I’ve been continuing my treatment and it is paying off though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good. I’m feeling great. In fact during the break from the studio, I even wrote a book that will be coming out July 21st.”
Here's a summer update from Alex! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/6oKJ5aSCU7
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Trebek also hinted at what fans should expect for the upcoming Jeopardy season, in which archived episodes will be re-released with Trebek providing an updated introduction to each episode.
“For the first time ever we are going to open the Jeopardy vault and take another look at some of our favorite episodes, including the very first Jeopardy show I ever hosted, mustache and all.”
The host concluded with well-wishes for his viewers.
“Once again, I can’t wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season in September. Meanwhile, my wish for all of you: stay safe.”
Trebek announced his diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer in March 2019, saying that with the prayer of his supporters he plans on fighting and beating the aggressive form of cancer.
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“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” he said. “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.”
Trebek’s fight has indeed been successful, given the 18% survival rate of stage four pancreatic cancer patients within their first year post-diagnosis. Trebek was diagnosed nearly a year and a half ago and is still recording Jeopardy shows while writing books.
Good for you, Alex.