‘Jeopardy!’s Alex Trebek Reveals Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
Longtime 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Sharing the news in a video clip released over Jeopardy! social media accounts, the 78-year-old chose to announce the news to viewers in order to remain "open" with fans.
"I have some news to share with you, and it's keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fanbase," Trebek said in the video statement.
"I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. Therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information," he continued.
"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," he said.
"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 be told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years," he added, eliciting laughs from crew members on the set. Trebek then asked for "the help of your prayers" and asked viewers to "help me keep the faith."
Fans were quick to send the star their well wishes across social media, with many expressing their heartbreak over the news -- and some even offering him their own pancreases.
Trebek has been the host of the popular game show since its revival in 1984, as well as provided hosting duties on a plethora of other US game shows including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth.
According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for people with stage 4 pancreatic cancer is approximately one percent, meaning that one out of every 100 people with this type of cancer are still alive five years after their diagnosis.