Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Has Been Diagnosed With Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

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I’m sure 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, 78-year-old Alex Trebek. The television personality has been a part of the syndicated game show since its revival in 1984.

Yes, you heard that right – 1984! Trebek has been hosting the popular show for over 30 years.

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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.

After having its run on syndicated TV during the late ’70s, producers decided to bring back the show for another run.

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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…

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.
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Trebek isn’t just a TV host, he’s essentially America’s dad. 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. My husband and I play Jeopardy! against each other every night! He’s pretty much a part of our marriage at this point.

But let’s rewind. Can we talk about the part where he says he’s under contract for the next three years?

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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.

But this isn’t Trebek’s first health scare.

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. All of us here at 22 Words wish Alex Trebek the best because America needs its dad back.