Alex Trebek hints his cancer may end time at 'Jeopardy!'

Carla Harmon
October 8, 2019

Last month, for example, Turner Classic Movies confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Trebek would not be setting sail, as he usually does, on its annual TCM Classic Cruise, which this year begins October 22.

"I'm sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they're forgiving", Trebek said.

"The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me", he told LaFlamme.

"There will come a point when [viewers are] no longer able to say 'It's OK, '" says Trebek, who has hosted the show since 1984.


"I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish", he said.

Mr. Trebek said Friday his chemotherapy is causing sores in his mouth, making it hard to enunciate words and increasing slurring.

The 79-year-old Canadian national added that he isn't afraid of death.

"A lot of people are coming to me and looking for help, reassurance, and that's tough", he said. I know that. I'm not going to delude myself, so if it happens, it happens, and why should I be afraid of it?


Alex Trebek is keeping his head up amid his battle with cancer. Months later, though, he was undergoing a second round of chemotherapy.

"One thing they're not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is 'He was taken from us too soon, '" Trebek said.

The host says he'll likely exit the show if he gets to a point where he's particularly bothered by the influence of his health on his performance. "I was doing so well and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer, so we were all very optimistic", he recalled to GMA. "The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory. some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent". "We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose".


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