Update On 'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek's Medical Condition
Alex Trebek, whose real name is George Alexander Trebek announced by video on March 6, 2019, that he has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He admitted that his prognosis was not good. He said he would aggressively fight the disease in an effort to beat the odds. He added that he would continue to host the game show as long as he could. Jokingly, he said he has three more years on his contract.
Those who watch the game show every weekday think Trebek is the picture of good health. If he had not made the announcement about his health back in March, viewers wouldn't know that he has the disease because he doesn't look sick.
Update on Trebek's Medical Condition
On the last day of filming Season 35 on Wednesday, April 17, Trebek released another video with an update about his health. He said he was feeling good no matter what people might have heard to the contrary.
He shared that since his diagnosis in March, he has finished taping all 50 episodes of Season 35 of the longtime game show. He let viewers and fans know that he will take a couple of months off to rest and to concentrate on his health.
The game show will continue to air because the rest of this season has already been taped. Taping for Season 36 will begin in July for the episodes that will begin airing in September.
Support for Trebek
Family, friends, fans, other television hosts, former Jeopardy! contestants and pancreatic cancer survivors are supporting Trebek during his battle with cancer. He thanked those people for their messages of encouragement and support since they learned about his condition. Trebek especially thanked the young people who sent him cards. He said he has been touched beyond words because of their kindness.
Trebek emphasized that he is feeling good and he is continuing with his therapy. He added that he is looking forward to hosting Season 36 in September.
People are praying for Alex Trebek and wish him well as he is being treated for stage IV pancreatic cancer.
A pancreatic cancer survivor wrote an open letter to Trebek. It was published on the Daily Meal. Elise Roth Tedeschi said she was diagnosed in 2012 with the same type of cancer that Trebek has. Her doctors gave her just nine months to live.
Tedeschi was 42 years old at the time with a husband of 11 years and two boys, ages 8 and 6. She said she was afraid, sad, and filled with disbelief after her life changed forever.
It has been seven years since Tedeschi's diagnosis. In her letter, she told Trebek to "Go kick cancer's butt."
Past Health Issues
Trebek has bounced back from other health issues in the past. Needless to say, this is the most serious one.
- On December 11, 2007, the host suffered a minor heart attack. He returned to work as scheduled in January 2008.
- On July 27, 2011, the longtime host suffered an Achilles tendon while chasing a burglar from his San Francisco hotel room. He was in a cast for six weeks.
- On June 23, 2012, Trebek suffered a mild heart attack. He returned to work a month later.
- On December 15, 2017, Trebek had surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center because he was having complications from a fall he had in October 2017. Blood clots were removed from his brain. At the time, Jeopardy! was on winter break from taping. Trebek returned to regular hosting duty in mid-January 2018 after a short medical leave.
The 78-year-old Canadian-American has been the host of Jeopardy! since 1984. He is contracted to continue hosting Jeopardy! until 2022, and he believes that will happen. He is one of the most recognizable hosts in television history. Viewers love him and invite him into their living rooms every night during the week.
The Canadian-American has hosted numerous other games shows, but none as long as he has hosted Jeopardy!. None of the others stayed around as long as Jeopardy!. The other game shows include Battlestars, Classic Concentration, Double Dare, High Rollers, The Wizard of Odds, and To Tell the Truth. Even though most of his career has been hosting, Alex also has some acting experience to his credit. Besides, viewers have seen him doing commercials for Colonial Penn Life Insurance.