Alex Trebek has always been positive about his recovery. The host announced that he has finished with his chemotherapy sessions and will soon be back with a new season.
This is Jeopardy has remained one of America's favorite television shows for years. Despite, watching it over and over again, one season after another we are never bored of it. Not just because of its interesting format but also because of its host Alex Trebek. It is no doubt that Trebek has been part of most American households for over 35 years entertaining us with his intelligence and humor.
In March 2019, the host shocked his audience when he announced that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. However, the host shared some happy news with his fans recently.
According to People, the 79-year-old host announced in a video on 29 August 2019 that he had finished his chemo. “I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy, and thankfully that is now over. I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now,” said the host. The actor who will soon be back with the 36th season of the show said that he was happy to be back at work, filming the new season.
“It’s another day at the office for me, and an exciting day because so many great things have been happening. We had Jeopardy James last season and got tremendous publicity for himself and for the show. We have a new champion, in Jason, this year. Typical energizer bunny kind of type" said the host.
The video featured an energetic and enthusiastic Trebek who looked pumped to be back at work. The host who recently celebrated his birthday was seen posing with a cake and even doing some quick push-ups before getting on to the stage. “We have some exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share them with you. Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year,” said the host. Over the months, Trebek has kept his fans updated of his treatments.
Four months after his diagnosis, the host told People in May that he was nearing remission. “It’s kind of mind-boggling. 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,” said Trebek. He even said that his doctors were surprised by the improvements especially because pancreatic cancer has only a survival rate of 7%.
Trebek who had opened up about his cancer battle and the pain he underwent thanked his fans and viewers for their support. "I've got a couple of million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers," said Trebek to People.
Along with the millions of viewers who supported him, his wife Jean Currivan and his children played a great role in giving him the courage and strength to overcome his disease. "Jeannie is wonderful. She cried, of course, this morning when she got the [good] news [about my tumors shrinking]. But it’s been a lot. It’s a lot of pressure," said Trebek to People.
He said that his journey would not have been possible without his family and revealed that his kids were positive about his recovery too. With the release of the video, people are excited to see Trebek back on the show.