Sad news to report, #Roommates. Beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek recently revealed in a new interview that the fast progression of the disease may mean that his days hosting the popular game show are numbered.
When Alex Trebek announced in March of this year that he had been with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, fans around the world were shocked and saddened to learn of the news. However, Trebek took the news in stride and started his first round of chemotherapy—and continued to host “Jeopardy!” in the process. Unfortunately, the first round of chemo didn’t have the expected results, so he started another round just last month, but it’s taking a serious toll on his body that could cause him to permanently end his 35-year reign as the host of “Jeopardy!”
As @CNN reports, in a recent interview with CTV Trebek explained “I will keep doing it (the show) as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish.” The diminished capacity he’s speaking of are the sores that he has inside of his mouth from the chemo, which make it hard for him to enunciate his words and impair his speech. He also admitted that he hears himself slurring his words while taping the show.
Surprisingly, Trebek said that he regrets being so public about his cancer diagnosis, even though it has inspired others to tackle their own cancer battle with strength and determination that they can beat it.
“I don’t know if I’m strong enough or intelligent enough to help alleviate some of that despair, so it’s tough on me.”
Elsewhere in the interview, he got very candid about the possibility of death, saying:
“The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me. I’m 79 years old. So, hey, I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life. I know that.”
Pancreatic cancer has a 5-year survival rate at just 9%. We continue to keep Alex Trebek in our prayers.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?