I'm sure that everyone reading this can recall the infamous Jeopardy! theme song. Can you hear it?
Not only is Jeopardy! a constant in many households, but so is its host, seventy-eight-year-old Alex Trebek. The television personality has been a part of the syndicated game show since its revival in 1984. It's no secret that Trebek, has been plagued with ongoing health issues - and it seems a tragic end may be imminent.
But it seems Trebek is planning to keep on working - and one amazing Jeopardy! moment has reminded the internet why he's the GOAT.
Yes, you heard that right – 1984! Trebek has been hosting the popular show for over thirty years.
via: GettyAlex took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life! The game show had originally aired in 1964, on NBC. It was created by host and media mogul, Merv Griffin. He even wrote the infamous theme song you hear when Jeopardy! contestants reach the final round.
After having its run on syndicated TV during the late '70s, producers decided to bring back the show for another run.
via: GettyAnd the show has been going strong ever since! It's a good thing that there is a bunch of trivia facts floating around in the world these days...
But, recently, Alex Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
A Message from Alex Trebek: https://t.co/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1551909902.0
"Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m 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 rates statistics for this disease," he said.
Trebek isn't just a TV host, he's essentially America's dad.
via: Getty ImagesHe knows all the answers, and his deep, calming voice has been a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
But let's rewind. Can we talk about the part where he says he's under contract for the next three years?
via: GettyEven in times of darkness, this guy is stronger than ever – and shows us that he has a great sense of humor.
A simpler time...beard? I, for one, liked it.
But this isn't Trebek's first health scare.undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered.
via: Getty ImagesBecause it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we'd all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.
The host was still battling the disease.
via: Getty ImagesEven though he was not technically in remission yet, Trebek has vowed that he will keep working while he's "on the mend." One of the nation's favorite treasures said: "I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." What a man!
It might have been strange to watch him on our screens again knowing his condition, but we were so happy to see him return!The new season of Jeopardy! (with Alex Trebek as the host!) premiered September 9th.
But fans were then hit with heartbreaking news.
via: Getty ImagesFollowing a loss of a whopping twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his "numbers go sky-high," Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing."
via: Getty Images"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Now Trebek has offered more insight into his battle.
via: Getty ImagesAlongside the jump in numbers, Trebek claims he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
"So we're back on the chemo."
via: Getty Images"We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."
"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer."
via: Getty Images"We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."
He's dedicated to his job, though.
via: Getty ImagesHe claims he'll keep working "as long as my skills do not diminish," although cold sores from his chemo have left him struggling to enunciate.
"I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving."
via: Getty Images“But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’"
"I’m not afraid of dying."
via: Getty Images“I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that?"
But this week saw a brand new amazing Trebek moment.Trebek basically roasted the entire nerdcore community in one fell swoop!
“Your favorite type of music is something I’ve never heard before but it doesn’t sound fun," Trebek prompted.
Yoooooooo, Alex Trebek is the coldest dude in the game, lololololol. I'm dying laughing. @DragonflyJonez… https://t.co/XvcSCPpVs3— 🌚🌞🌝 Lydia Stan Account (@🌚🌞🌝 Lydia Stan Account)1476315698.0
“It’s people who identify as nerdy rapping about the things they love: video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners, you know? It’s really catchy and fun," explained the contestant.
It's finally happened. I'm gonna have to make a diss track at Alex Trebek. Just like that old Gypsy predicted...— Beefy (@Beefy)1476332406.0
Some are feeling sore.
Who's going to be the first to write a song gunning for Trebek? His name already rhymes with Star Trek n everything https://t.co/hpYT6hPrEB— Kermit Gulag (@Kermit Gulag)1476338900.0
But other fans were more forgiving.
Hey #Nerdcore fans! Trebek was mean to Susan Cole & I hope he apologizes, but we DID start the scene based on being losers.— Fat Skeleton (@Fat Skeleton)1476324227.0