Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Announces Illness


Hanna Saghatchi and Edited by Valerie Alcala

Alex Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy! since 1984. Image courtesy of Google Images.

We have all seen the show Jeopardy! at least one point in our life, even if it was just one episode. For decades upon decades, the show has been hosted by Alex Trebek, who has become a TV icon and is common name in many American households.

Unfortunately, the fan favorite and host since 1984 has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although this is undoubtedly a rough time, Trebek and his family are remaining hopeful.

Trebek alongside his three children and wife, Jean. Image courtesy of Google Images.

He recently released a video statement in which he stated, “I just wanna take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards, and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement.” Trebek will not have to face this battle alone, as an overwhelming number of fans have been sending him and his family endless support and love. He concluded the video statement saying, “Now obviously I won’t be able to respond to all of you individually, but I did want you to know that I do read everything I receive and I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers, and the advice you have offered, and I’m extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me.”

Trebek will continue hosting the show–which has been renewed for the years 2020-2021–even though the future for his health is unforeseeable.

Get well soon Alex Trebek, and here’s to a speedy recovery!