Sad news about one of TV's longest running game show hosts. Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
He made the announcement today in a video on the set of "Jeopardy" saying the diagnosis was made this week.
He agreed that the prognosis is "not very encouraging" but he plans to keep working and hopes to beat the disease's low survival rate.
His boss, Sony Pictures Chairman Mike Hopkins issued this statement:
“If anyone can beat this it’s Alex,” he said. “He has our full support as he tackles this challenge head-on.”
Here is the transcript and video of Trebek’s full statement:
"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."
Alex Trebek Culver City, California March 6, 2019
Trebek has hosted Jeopardy since 1984. Trebek jokes in the video that he has to beat the cancer because he has three more years on his “Jeopardy!” contract. Trebek is 78.
All of his fans wish him only the best and hope that he can beat this.