Alex Trebek, famed host of Jeopardy!, has released a video with an update after his cancer diagnosis. Taped on the final day of Jeopardy!'s 35th season, the king of America’s favorite quiz show offered a message of hope.
Created by Merv Griffin, the trivia show has become a household staple and most recognized game show of all time. A majority of the show’s success can be attributed to Trebek. Winner of five Emmys for Outstanding Game Show Host, the 78-year-old Trebek has been with the show since it debuted in syndication in 1984. Trebek has appeared, as himself, in a slew of TV shows including, The X-files, The Golden Girls, The Simpsons, and Orange is the New Black. Last month, Trebek announced via Jeopardy!’s YouTube channel, that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While the message shocked the nation, Trebek’s optimism remains a strong pillar. Trebek assured the masses that he will work fervently towards good health and plans to continue his job. Now, Trebek has revealed what will happen next.
In a video on Jeopardy!’s YouTube channel, Trebek says that he’s “feeling good” and expresses deep gratitude for all the fans who have reached out. He also mentions continuation with his therapy and that “all kinds of good stuff” is in store. The video promises viewers that Jeopardy! will return in September for the show’s 36th season and Trebek plans on being a part of it. See the full video below:
Despite Trebek’s recent update of continuing his role in season 36, Jeopardy! is reportedly searching for his replacement. Before the cancer announcement, the host’s contract was only cemented for the next three years. However, the network is wary about keeping him much longer. Supposedly, Jeopardy! has been dabbling with the idea of bringing a female host of color on board. Trebek has suggested attorney Laura Coates or Los Angeles King announcer Alex Faust be his successor. As for Jeopardy!, the show remains in top ratings and currently has a contestant keeping the game intense with his recent 10th consecutive win.
Trebek’s dignified, pointed and kind-hearted appearance is why so many have welcomed him into their homes. While it is difficult to picture someone other than Alex Trebek behind Jeopardy!’s podium, change is inevitable. Trebek’s newest message is inspiring for anyone facing difficulty and is a reminder that his legacy and Jeopardy! have a reserved place in television history.