Wednesday, March 6, 2019
NEW YORK (WRDW/WAGT) -- Jeopardy's Alex Trebek is battling pancreatic cancer and will take a leave of absence from the game show he's hosted for nearly 35 years.
The news came from Trebek himself via the show's Twitter account.
"Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I am going to fight this," Trebek said. "I am going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease."
But, in a moment of humor, Trebek said he has one big reason to keep fighting.
"Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years. So help me, keep the faith, and we'll win. We'll get it done. Thank you."
A Message from Alex Trebek: pic.twitter.com/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 6, 2019
Trebek, 78, has had medical issues in recent years. In 2007, he suffered a mild heart attack and another in 2012. Both times, he returned to the popular game show within weeks.
The famously facial haired has flirted with retirement in the past several years, but just recently signed a contract with Sony to host the show until 2022.