EntertainmentToday 3:36 PM Richard Shotwell/Invision/APAlex Trebek poses in the press room at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)Alex Trebek doesn’t have plans to step down from his role as “Jeopardy!” host. But the longtime presenter knows he doesn’t…
Alex Trebek doesn’t have plans to step down from his role as “Jeopardy!” host. But the longtime presenter knows he doesn’t have much time left.
Trebek, 79, is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and shared some candid thoughts about his health journey during the taping of an ABC special about Trebek and the history of the show that made him famous (or maybe it’s the other way around).
“I have learned something in the past year and it’s this: We don’t know when we’re going to die,” Alex Trebek told ABC News. “Because of the cancer diagnosis, it’s no longer an open-ended life. It’s a closed-ended life because of the terrible… survival rates of pancreatic cancer.”
Despite a less-than-promising prognosis, Trebek has tried to maintain high spirits — although he alluded to sometimes feeling down.
“My oncologist told me one of the symptoms, if you will, of pancreatic cancer is that you get these moments of depression, sadness,” Trebek told ABC News.
He said support from “Jeopardy!” fans and prayer have helped him stay positive, the report says.
The special is set to air Thursday on ABC at 8 p.m.