Alex Trebek announced on Wednesday he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The 78-year-old ‘Jeopardy!’ host shared the news in a video message. Trebek said he was diagnosed earlier this week.
Trebek told TMZ in 2008 he would consider retiring after 2020. He has hosted ‘Jeopardy!’ since 1984.
Here’s the full message from Trebek:
“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.
Now, 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 rate statistics for this disease. Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”