Alex Trebek gave fans an update on his health after revealing he was diagnosed with cancer.
The video posted to social media was filmed on the final day of the show’s 35th season. Trebek once again thanked his fans for their support and revealed his excitement for season 36.
“Alex recently finished taping shows for Season 35 and has hosted 50 episodes of Jeopardy! since his diagnosis. His primary plan for the next few months is to concentrate on his health, and we are scheduled to be back in the studio in July to tape shows for Season 36 that will begin airing in September. He paused in the busy tape day to give fans and friends this update.”
“Some of you may recall that at the beginning of this season I promised you that we had some surprises in store for you,” Trebek said in the clip. “Well, of course, I had no idea at that time that there were some surprises in store for me as well.”
Trebek continued, “So here, on the last day of taping for our 35th anniversary season, I want to once again thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support. Particularly, the many cards I have received from young people. I am touched beyond words.”
“I’ve always tried to be straight with you and I’m not going to stop now. So, despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy and we — by we, the staff — is already working on our next season, the 36th year of Jeopardy! So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff,” he concluded.
The game show host announced last month that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Trebek said. “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.”