WATCH: Alex Trebek gets emotional with contestant’s surprise tribute
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.
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.”
Despite the initial success in treatment, Trebek recently stated that he has been urged by his doctors to undergo more treatment for his cancer after he saw a large amount of weight loss and his “numbers went sky high”. He also says that he now suffers from sores inside his mouth, a symptom of his chemotherapy which hurts his enunciation and he can now hear himself slurring words on Jeopardy!
Trebek has managed to stay positive and told Global News that “I will keep doing it (the show) as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish,” he revealed about his future as the game show’s host.
Trebek went on to add that “I’m not afraid of dying,” and “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.”
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.