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.
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.
"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 have since been 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 has announced that he's 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." We wish him the very best of luck in his treatment.