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‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Reveals He’s Been Diagnosed With Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek made a surprising video announcement on Wednesday stating that he has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Trebek posted the video message revealing the news to the Jeopardy! Youtube channel. He stated that he did not want to see “inaccurate reports” about his health and that he plans to fight for as long as he can, despite the low survival rate statistics of the disease. He finished the video on a positive note, saying:

“I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years!”

In the video, Trebek says:

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.

After the heartbreaking video went viral online, fans of Jeopardy! and Trebek shared their thoughts and prayers with the beloved TV show host.

We truly hope that Alex fights hard and recovers from this awful diagnosis. From our team, our positive thoughts and prayers are with him!

h/t YouTube