"Danger!" Host Alex Trebek discussed his fight against pancreatic cancer for the first time since the announcement of his diagnosis in March. The 78-year-old admitted Wednesday morning that he is struggling with his "deep sadness" but he is strengthening the support of his fans.
"My oncologist tells me that I'm fine, even if I do not always feel it. I had kidney stones, I had discs broken, so I am used to dealing with pain, Trebek told Robin Roberts of GMA. "I'm not used to dealing with the waves that suddenly come from deep, deep sadness – and it brings tears to my eyes – I've discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I'm a bit of a kiss. "
Trebek said his treatment is going as well as can be expected, and said it was important to him to be open about the depression he was facing.
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" The cancer indicators are coming down. I have another chemo next week and we will do a review and see where things are, "he said," Chemo affects people in different ways and people need to understand that, and there's nothing wrong with saying, "Hey 'I'm really depressed today and I do not know why.'
The longtime presenter of the game show also took this opportunity to thank his fans and said that it is their support that gives him the power to continue to fight.
"I think I've learned that I'm an extremely happy person, even though this diagnosis is not the case. A good one, I've managed to get so much love from so many people," he said. Often you do not get it during your lifetime. After passing by after you're dead, people say, "He was such a good guy, we really liked him." But I understand all this before this event, and I feel really good. "] PAT SAJAK SPREADS GOOD WISHES FOR ALEX TREBEK FOLLOWING CANCER DIAGNOSIS: WE PULL FOR HER
Trebek announced in a video message to its fans last month that fans continue planning to host" Jeopardy! " And after delivering on this promise for 50 episodes, he said Wednesday he'll take a break from his host duties during the summer months.
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He'll be having a break from" Jeopardy! "In the summer months, declaring that he wants to use it to get strong to make his body capable of "I feel weak all the time and this is not a good place," he said, adding that he intends to use the break to prepare his body for the next stages of his treatment. [1