Los Angeles – Alex Trebek is one of those Canadians that we proudly say, “he’s one of ours”. the 78 year old Sudbury, Ontario native has starred in the reboot of the game show since 1984. Merv Griffin (Producer) and Gene Rayburn (Host) were behind the original show that started in 1964. (Don Pardo was the announcer. Pardo would later announce Saturday Night Live for many years.)
The long time host of Jeopardy has been parodied by everyone from Saturday Night Live to Weird Al Yankovic (I Lost On Jeopardy – Greg Khin Band parody).
Trebek has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. That is not a diagnosis that you want to hear. Trebek took to YouTube to make sure fans got the story straight AND, he plans on fighting this.
“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. 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.”
Alex Trebek Culver City, California March 6, 2019