Alex Trebek shares cancer diagnosis, promises to fight

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FILE – In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif. Trebek can see life without “Jeopardy.” Speaking Monday, July 30, 2018, on Fox News’ “OBJECTified,” Trebek said the odds are 50/50, “and a little less,” he won’t return […]

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek shared news of a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Trebek promised to fight the disease, and asks for the love and support of his friends and family as he undertakes this journey.

The Jeopardy! host shared the news of his diagnosis with fans on YouTube and by letter to the public. The letter is included in full below, along with Trebek’s video statement:

“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.”

Jeopardy! can be seen at 7:00 p.m weeknights on WRBL Channel 3.

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