Alex Trebek is ready to end "Endangerment!" The biggest tournament ever, starting at the beginning of next month. But he continues to fight valiantly against stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which has temporarily knocked him out and exhausted, causing the show to postpone its production schedule to accommodate him.
"I'm fine," he says, sounding optimistic in a recent telephone interview. "Some days are better than others, I still have the effects of chemotherapy, I think I had nine or ten sessions now, so it's up to me, but I have no choice, I just have to stay with them and hopefully find them I'll be very happy about that. "
The show's three biggest winners – James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter – will face each other as they play three play seven games in a $ 1 million race, with two games recorded daily in early December (four games total).
Trebek, 79, says pure adrenaline keeps him running.
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"I walk away from home and sometimes I'm in a row "he says, calling from Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Danger! "Is taped." And then I come here and I go into the studio and make hair and make-up and put on my wardrobe, and the adrenaline comes in and I go on stage and it's exciting for me and it seems to work. I have. I work harder than before because it's harder for me to focus on the chemo and the stuff. I feel bored and tired easily, but that's fine.
Trebek juggles with the side effects Coming with chemo, including temporarily weakened eyesight, has touched him with an outpouring of support from fans and contestants Dhruv Gaur, a semifinalist of this month's Tournament of Champions, wrote a support message for his Final Jeopardy! Response, triggering a viral hashtag #WeLoveYouAlex.
"It obviously surprised me in the series. And it got a lot of press, "he says, always aware of the attention he has given to his health and the quiz show he's been holding since the premiere of his current syndicated version in 1984. I've started to rip, but that's in Alright, I'm breaking a lot of things. "
A fundraiser for the last time organized by semi-finalist and former champion Steven Grade In the final rounds of the tournament week, more than $ 53,000 has been donated to the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic cancer research collected.