Alex Trebek says pancreatic cancer may bring his ‘Jeopardy!’ hosting duties to an end

Alex Trebek,

Alex Trebek,
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“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says that his long tenure on the show might be coming an end due to his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Trebek, 79, sat down with CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme for an interview in which he discussed chemotherapy, his 35-year tenure with “Jeopardy!,” and what’s happened in the months since he announced his cancer diagnosis in March.

“I will keep doing [the show] as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish,” he said in the interview.”When I feel my skills have diminished to the point where I notice and am bothered by it because all the people around me are saying, ‘No, it’s OK!’ But there will come a point when they’re no longer able to say ‘It’s OK’ … We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”

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Trebek has appeared on more than 8,000 episodes of “Jeopardy!,” making him the longest-standing TV game show host ever, according to CNN.

He announced in March that he was diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 pancreatic cancer, a diagnosis that has a 5-year survival rate of 3%. Despite saying in May that he was “near remission,” he announced in September that he was going through another round of chemotherapy.

“The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me. I’m not afraid of dying,” Trebek told CTV. “One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral as part of a eulogy: ‘He was taken from us too soon.’ I’m 79 years old. I have lived a good life, a full life and I’m nearing the end of that life. I know that. I’m not going to delude myself.”