Thursday, March By: Emily Morris

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; even so, he plans to fight the disease and remain dedicated to the program.

Trebek explained the news to “Jeopardy!” fans during the last show, giving the best prognosis possible: his support system of family and friends will help him through health struggles to come. Additionally, he asked for the prayers of the viewers as he battles the disease.

Trebek has become the most seasoned “Jeopardy!” host, making a career out of the show beginning in 1984. Throughout his 35 years, Trebek has maintain perfect attendance on every show—aside from one April Fools’ Day when he briefly switched places with Pat Sajak, the host of “Wheel of Fortune”. Almost any television owner, hence, would recognize Trebek as a household feature and a familiar face.

With “Jeopardy!” fans in mind, Sajak took to Twitter and wrote,“there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, only a year ago, Trebek openly discussed his devotion to “Jeopardy!”. He accounts for the impossibility to hold his position indefinitely, but he will appreciate his role as long as he is able.

“It’s logical to start thinking about retiring,” he said. “And I will someday, when I feel I’ve lost enough of my abilities and am messing up a little too much, or it’s no longer any fun… It’s still fun.”

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