‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Is Back at Work on the Show After Finishing Chemotherapy

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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. And it seems like he’ll be part of it for longer. Don’t fret, because even after the initial health scare, Trebek is back to business.

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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.

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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…


“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. My husband and I play Jeopardy! against each other every night! He’s pretty much a part of our marriage at this point.

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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.

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.  

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Because it has just been announced that Trebek is returning back to work this week as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we’ve all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.

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Even though he is 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!) will be premiering September 9th so keep your eyes peeled for that one! And if you’re a gameshow lover like I am, then why not give one of these crazy shows a go while you wait for the return of the new season? Though I must warn you, these ones are slightly weirder than Jeopardy!