Alex Trebek has announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.
The “Jeopardy” shot made this announcement in a video posted to the show’s official YouTube account. “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,” he said in the emotional video.
He continued, humorously, “Truth told, I have to [keep hosting] 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.”
And CNN adds that pancreatic cancer, on average and across all stages, has a 5-year survival rate of 9%, according to the American Cancer Society.
However, 78-year-old Trebek is hopeful.
He has been hosting “Jeopardy” since 1984, when the show began airing daily in syndication. And in their statement, Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins said, “If anyone can beat this it’s Alex. He has our full support as he tackles this challenge head-on.”