Alex Trebek Says He’s ‘Nearing The End Of His Life’

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I’m sure that everyone reading this can recall the infamous Jeopardy! theme song. Can you hear it?

The age-old tune with its tick-tocking melody playing over and over again in your living room at 7 pm on a Monday night? I know I sure can. Jeopardy! is just one of those constants in life. And while you may not see any quiz show drama flash across your Facebook feed, or pop up during your Instagram scroll-sesh these days, let’s just say that you can always count on it to be playing on TV – mid-evening with its hundreds of trivia questions stumping viewers across the nation.

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. But this year host, Alex Trebek, has been plagued with ongoing health issues – and it seems a tragic end may be imminent.

Alex 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.

And 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…


“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.
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He knows all the answers, and his deep, calming voice has been a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.  

Even in times of darkness, this guy is stronger than ever – and shows us that he has a great sense of humor.

Remember when the biggest Jeopardy! news was Trebek’s beard? I, for one, liked it.

He went on hiatus in January of 2018 after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.  

Because 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.

Even 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!

The new season of Jeopardy! (with Alex Trebek as the host!) premiered September 9th.  

Following 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.

“Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one.”  

Alongside the jump in numbers, Trebek claims he was experiencing “excruciating pain” in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.

“We’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do… they can’t keep doing it forever of course.”

“We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”

He 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.

“But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’”

“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?”