Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosed
06.03.2014 13:54 PST
Alex Trebek has just been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but he will try this season of "Jeopardy!" To end. … TMZ has learned.
Sources associated with Trebek tell us that the TV icon has just been informed of the diagnosis. He recorded a video message in which he announced the news.
We are told that Alex intends to end the current season of "Jeopardy". In fact, he says he vows to continue working and was bravely optimistic that he plans to defeat cancer. Sources associated with the legendary host tell us that he will start chemo immediately.
Alex even joked that he should be hosting for another three years.
Alex has been at the top of the show since 1984 and has been immensely successful ever since … dominating the evening game show show together with "Wheel of Fortune". Alex always said that he is not the star of the show. He says it's all about the game and the participants.
Trebek, from Ontario, Canada, launched in 1961 with the announcement of news and other events on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He quickly became known by hosting a live music show and finally a high school quiz show titled "Reach for the Top".
Alex moved to the US in 1973 and hosted a new NBC show called "The Wizard of Odds" … then worked on various game shows until the early '80s she the "Jeopardy!" Gig, which was actually a revival of an old show. It was a hit and he has been doing it ever since … often with his classic mustache . When he shaved his mustache in the early 2000s, he made headlines.
Last year, 78-year-old Alex spoke with Harvey Levin for an episode of "Objectified," saying he had seriously considered retiring, but later signed a contract extension for his appearance in to secure the season 2021-2022.
He has some potential substitutes in mind … and he's pretty clear .
Alex took a short medical leave in 2018 to have surgery on his brain for a bloodstain after suffering a severe fall – but "Jeopardy!" has never aired any episodes with a guest host. Alex also suffered mild heart attacks in 2007 and 2012.