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.
Now, the beloved host has revealed he already knows what his final episode will look like.
This is going to be truly devasting for fans...
Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy 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."
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?"
Recently we saw a very sweet tribute to the star.As of right now, Trebek is still hosting Jeopardy! - and his dedication to the show has not gone unnoticed by contestants.
And one contestant in particular paid tribute.
via: Jeopardy!In the Final Jeopardy round, contestant Dhruv Gaur chose not to write a question - and instead simply wrote a tribute to Trebek on his board.
Not only was this super cute...But it showed real dedication by Gaur. He ended up losing $1995 of his $2000 prize money thanks to his cute message.
And Trebek was clearly touched.
via: Jeopardy!When he saw what Gaur had done, he choked up. "Oh, that's very kind of you. Thank you. That cost you $1,995, you're left with $5."
Gaur spoke out on Twitter about his decision.
via: TwitterHe shared that he had just been told about Trebek's relapse when he made his emotional decision.
And he claims to have no regrets.
via: TwitterHey, telling Alex Trebek how much you love him is kind of priceless, right?
This guy is truly a hero to the American public.And seeing how much the public loves him is truly heartwarming.
But there's getting away from the fact that his Jeopardy! run will come to an end at some point.
via: Getty ImagesTrebek has revealed he knows what his final episode of the smash hit show will look like. Of course, fans are hoping that his final episode will still be some time off yet, but Trebek clearly wants to think ahead.
Long before his devastating cancer diagnosis, Trebek was already thinking about his retirement.
via: Getty ImagesAnd he has said during an interview with ABC News that it's clear to him what will be done when he gets being the camera for a final time.
"It’ll be a significant moment for me."
via: Getty Images"But I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already."
He said he wants just 30 seconds at the end of the show.
via: Getty Images"I would tell the director, time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want."
He'll then have one final message for fans...
via: Getty Images"And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people 'Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. "But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me…then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.'" When it does happen, it'll certainly be an emotional day for viewers. We can't imagine the show without him...