The show confirmed Thursday on social media that longtime host, Alex Trebek, of the famous quiz show is “back in action.”
The 79-year-old will be the one presenting the clues when the 36th season premieres September 9.
In the video that accompanied the announcement, Trebek shares that he’s also finished treatment. “I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy and, thankfully, that is now over,” Trebek said. “I’m on the mend, and that’s all I can hope for right now.”
Alex is back in action! Join him on September 9 for the premiere of Season 36. pic.twitter.com/Vdv9t9vxDE
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) August 29, 2019
Trebek, who’s hosted the show since it first aired in 1984, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March. Three months later, he announced that chemotherapy had already begun to shrink his tumors. He never missed an episode of the syndicated show.
The video was apparently taped on July 22, Trebek’s 79th birthday, because while he’s talking to the audience, a cake is brought out and the audience sings “Happy Birthday” to the game show host.
“We have some exciting things coming up [this season] and I can’t wait to share them with all of you,” he says, declaring, “Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year.”
About 56,770 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and about 45,750 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.