“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek may leave the show due to ongoing cancer battle
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who has hosted the show for 35 years, has just revealed that he requires additional rounds of chemotherapy to combat his pancreatic cancer reports Global News.
The 79-year-old was diagnosed in early March with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, a particularly deadly disease with a slim nine-percent survival rate. In May, he reported that he was doing very well saying “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory… Some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”
Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy!, is a revered icon globally. His game show has been making us all smarter for years.
However, Monday’s episode may have brought many fans to tears. It almost brought Trebek to tears too, as a matter of fact.
During the “Final Jeopardy” round, contestant Dhruv Gaur wrote, “We love you Alex!” using a heart instead of the word “love.” It triggered an emotional reaction from Trebek.
Before the show, Trebek announced that he would be re-entering treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Gaur’s “wrong” answer left him with $5 in his account. “That’s very kind of you, thank you,” said the Trebek, his voice cracking.
Gaur later took to Twitter to explain his reasoning.
The video of this kindhearted incident has garnered millions of views, with 63,000 likes and close to 13,000 retweets on Twitter.
Trebek is one of the school’s senior alumni, graduating from U of O in 1961 with a degree in philosophy. He went on to have a fruitful career in broadcasting before landing the hosting position on one of the most famous and popular gameshows of all time in 1984.
Trebek revealed his Stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year. And though he has been optimistic and said he will fight until the end, he was forced to start chemotherapy again last month unfortunately.
No stranger to donating to his university, this recent donation brings his total up to $9 million for the University of Ottawa.
The press release said the latest money will be put towards Canadian and global challenges, including green economy projects and ways to prepare for aging populations.
The money will support “Trebek Scholars” in post-doctoral research.
Trebek Scholars is the latest program which bares his surname, the other being the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue, which his previous donations helped found.