Jeopardy's Alex Trebek diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Jeopardy's Alex Trebek diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Jeopardy's Alex Trebek diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Alex Trebek, the host of TV's Jeopardy! for 35 years, took to YouTube on Wednesday to announce bad news about his health.

There is a 9 percent survival rate, over a five-year period, for a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, the American Cancer Society reported.

The popular game show was renewed in September through the 2023 season, along with its longtime lead-in Wheel of Fortune.

Following his own policy of transparency to his fans, he opened up said in his minute-long announcement: "Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging".

Trebek, who has now hosted Jeopardy! for 35 years, vowed to courageously "fight" the disease and also continue working on the game show, while asking his fans to lift up prayers on his behalf.

Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy! contestant with the most wins and most winnings, tweeted that Trebek is "in a way the last Cronkite: authoritative, reassuring TV voice you hear every night, nearly to the point of ritual".

Reps for Trebek, 78, confirmed the video's authenticity to Fox News minutes after it was released. Trebek produced 620 Jeopardy! episodes from 1984 to 1987.

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Mr Trebek has fronted thousands of episodes of the popular syndicated quiz show, making him among the most well-known people on television in the USA and Canada. But he adds that, "I'm going to fight this", and keep working. He then floated around as the host of various shows, including "Strategy", "The $128,000 Question", and "Battlestars", to name a few. In October he renewed his "Jeopardy!" contract through 2022.

On Twitter, Trebek's news immediately generated many messages of support. "We'll get it done", he said, his voice calm and steady.

He goes on to explain that he will keep fighting the cancer! Still, even while revealing his medical condition Wednesday, Trebek flashed some of the on-screen magic that has kept him a household name for 35 years.

"I think what makes 'Jeopardy!' special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to reward and encourage learning", he has said.

Alex Trebek has an estimated net worth of $50 million. "We love you, Uncle Alex!"

Comedian and actor Ken Jeong echoed Sajak's sentiments, writing, "Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers to Alex Trebek". Outside of his game-show hosting duties, one way he earns money is by producing.

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