Beloved game show personality Alex Trebek took to Twitter this Friday to thank his fans after receiving a massive outpour of support from the community. Trebek announced last week that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, reassuring his fans that he plans to fight the illness and continue working.
In a new video shared by Jeopardy yesterday, Trebek thanked his fans for the hundreds of thousands of people who have reached out. In the video, the Jeopardy host said that he had been touched by the outpouring of tweets, texts, letters, and emails that he's received from people since announcing his diagnosis. Trebek also revealed that former contestants of the show had reached out him as well. Trebek has hosted the show since 1984.
"I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers and the advice you have offered," Trebek said in the video which was shared via Jeopardy’s official Twitter account. "And I am extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me. I'm a lucky guy." See the full video below:
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/XSk1c4FHbu— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 14, 2019
The 78-year-old host had previously announced on YouTube that the prognosis for his illness was "not very encouraging", also affirming that he would fight the disease and “keep working." Around 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer each year. Trebek currently has three years left on his Jeopardy contract.
Over the decades since he first started hosting the show, Trebek has received numerous Emmy Awards for his hosting duties. Jeopardy has made Trebek a household name and a legend of game show television. Canadians have a special place in their hearts for Trebek, as the host grew up in the Ontario of Sudbury.
Trebek has suffered through illness in the past. It was discovered that the host had several blood clots in his brain in 2017. The host suffered a heart attack back in 2007.
It’s nearly impossible to imagine Jeopardy without Trebek and his signature wit. His entertaining personality has brought joy to millions for decades; we wish him well in his fight.