Alex Trebek Reveals Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

The longtime host of “Jeopardy,” Alex Trebek, has announced some heartbreaking news.

The game show icon took to the show’s YouTube account to reveal that he’s been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and despite the sad subject matter, his message was filled with positivity and humor.

Trebek opened the video by saying, ”I have some news to share with you, and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our ‘Jeopardy’ fan base,” and added that he wanted to deliver the news himself to keep viewers from hearing inaccurate reports about his health.

The 78-year-old went on, “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,” he added, inserting his signature wit. “So help me. Keep the faith, and we'll win. We'll get it done. Thank you.“

Many celebrities have already reacted with words of support and love via social media.

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak tweeted, “The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family. But 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.”

Ken Jeong wrote, “Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers to Alex Trebek. You are my hero.”

Tom Bergeron tweeted, “Category: Game Show Hosts. Clue: This class act will kick cancer’s ass. Answer: Who is @Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek?”

Loni reposted the news on Instagram, sending “positive vibes” Alex’s way.

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