'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Says He Is Not Afraid of Dying
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek made a public announcement last March that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Initially, he said he was going to fight the disease and continue hosting the popular ABC game show. He has been undergoing chemotherapy and battling the cancer, but things are not going favorable with him lately.
Based on his interview with CTV News on Friday, October 4, his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer may cause him to leave the popular game show that he has hosted since 1984.
Trebek revealed that his chemotherapy treatment has caused sores in his mouth. The sores are making it difficult for him to enunciate his speech. He stated that producers said they haven't noticed, but Trebek says he himself has noticed. He believes it will come a time when viewers and producers will no longer be able to say, "It's OK."
The talented host said he will keep hosting the game show as long as his skills don't diminish, and he has noticed that they have started to diminish. He confessed that he will likely leave the show if it gets to a point where it bothers him and it has an impact on his health or on his performance.
When the Jeopardy! host updated viewers about his ongoing battle with cancer in May, he was very positive. He told People that his doctors were shocked at how well the tumors were responding to his chemotherapy treatment. Some of the tumors had already shrunk by more than 50 percent. His doctors said they had never seen a positive result like that before.
Jeopardy! was in re-runs all summer. When Trebek returned to host the 36th season of the game show in September, he thought he was finished with chemotherapy. The host revealed that he lost about 12 pounds in just one week in addition to his numbers being sky-high. In fact, they were much higher than they were when he was first diagnosed. The doctors decided that he had to undergo another round of chemotherapy.
Cancer Treatments May Force Trebek To Leave ‘Jeopardy!’
Even though Trebek's contract doesn't expire until 2022, he has said that his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer could force him to step away from the popular game show much sooner than he originally thought. He says his chemotherapy treatments are starting to affect his speech. He has noticed that he is slurring his words and his tongue doesn't work as well as it used to.
It seems as if he is preparing people that he might have to leave the show. That's the type of man he is. He is mindful of all the viewers and fans who have watched him over the years.
Trebek Says He Is Not Afraid of Dying
Trebek explained that even though he is committed to his treatments, he recognizes that he can’t do it forever. The husband and father of two said that he is not afraid of dying. He added that he is 79-years old and has lived a good life, but he realizes he is nearing the end of that life.
He revealed that he doesn't want people to say at his funeral as part of a eulogy that he was taken too soon.
Viewers Are Praying
Alex Trebek is loved by many people around the world. Viewers are praying for a miracle. For 36 seasons, he has been coming into their houses for half an hour every weeknight to host Jeopardy! along with three knowledgeable contestants and lots of questions in various categories.
As of now, the Canadian native with dual citizenship is reflecting on what his sickness could mean for his role on the game show and the final stage of his life. He has concluded that pancreatic cancer does not frighten him. He says he is not going to delude himself because if it happens, it happens.