Alex Trebek's cancer complications are making it difficult for him to continue on the show. However, he is not afraid of his illness consuming his life.
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has been entertaining television audience for more than 30 years now. However, the TV icon has revealed some sad news that would break the hearts of legions of fans.
Trebek has been openly fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer since March with optimism and courage. But during his recent interview, he told CTV that he might have to retire from Jeopardy due to his deteriorating health.
“I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving,” Trebek said. “But there will come a point when they will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.' I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish," said the 79-year-old host.
Though the host had announced he was nearing remission in May, he confirmed on 4 October that he was undergoing chemo again. "I was doing so well. And my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer. So we were all very optimistic. I lost about 12 pounds in a week. And my numbers went sky high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing," said the host to Good Morning America. He further added that the disease was taking a toll on him emotionally and physically.
“Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one. I didn’t realize how fallible each of us is in his or her own way … I talk to the audience sometimes and I get teary-eyed for no reason. I don’t even bother to explain it anymore, I just experience it. I know it's a part of who I am and I just keep going," said Trebek.
But even while he suffers intense pain and depression, Trebek says he is surrounded by people who look for reassurance from him. The TV host admitted it was not always easy for him to offer the support considering his struggle.
"A lot of people are coming to me and looking for help, reassurance, and that's tough. 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," said the television icon.
While Trebek continues to live with the agony of his illness, he says he is not scared of it coming to a full stop. "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. As long as I can walk out and greet the audience and the contestants and run the game I'm happy," said Trebek who has been the center of the famous game show since 1984. His sudden announcement has affected his fans and the people that look up to him.