On March 6, 2019, legendary “Jeopardy!” game-show host announced by a video that he learned this week, he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
During the video, Trebek said that he was going to fight cancer and he will beat the low survival rate of the disease. He also said that he is one of 50,000 people diagnosed in the United States each year with the disease and plans to keep working.
He joked saying he had to beat his illness because he just signed a contract saying he would be the host of Jeopardy for another three years.
Trebek renewed his contract in Oct. 2018 through 2022 to remain the gameshow host.
In Dec. 2017 the 78-year-old host underwent brain surgery due to blood clots. He returned to work one month after the surgery.
Trebek has hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984. He has been awarded five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Host Of A Game Show. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also awarded him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Trebek entered the Guinness Book Of World’s Records in 2014 being named the person who has hosted the most game shows. Trebek hosted 8,000 episodes.
He also was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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