Alex Trebek, the popular host of TV quiz show Jeopardy!, announced on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Trebek, who is 78-years-old, recorded a message on YouTube, saying: “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.”
Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! for 35 seasons. He will immediately begin chemotherapy treatment, according to one news outlet.
The popular evening program is viewed by 23 million people each week, making it the top-rated quiz show on U.S. television. Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television Sony, a division of Sony Corp, and distributed by a division of CBS Corp.
This is not the first health scare for the Ontario native. In December 2017, he underwent brain surgery after he was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Trebek was experiencing complications from a fall the month before when he hit his head.
In 2012, he suffered a mild heart attack. In 2015, he needed to host Jeopardy! sitting down due to a knee replacement that he underwent.
In May, he signed a new contract keeping him on as Jeopardy! host through 2019-2020 – the show’s 36th season on air.
Trebek has been married to his wife of 29 years, Jean Currivan, with whom he shares two children – Matthew, 29, and Emily, 27.
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