Jeopardy! Host Vows to Continue


Shane Seller

Shane Sellers, Reporter

The popular game show, Jeopardy! , has been a staple in the homes of millions of Americans for nearly 35 years. The show hosts geniuses that knew the answer to any topic host Alex Trebek would throw at them. Through the years, with decades of change on the show, one thing remained constant- Trebek.

Trebek recently announced his diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer. In an act of resiliency, the game show host said the filming of episodes would continue. Said Trebek, through the Today Show, “Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” Trebek vowed. “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.”

While Trebek is remaining upbeat about the diagnosis, stage four pancreatic cancer is incurable. According to Live Science, “Stage 4 cancer means that the cancer has spread, or metastasized from the pancreas to another part of the body, such as the liver, lungs or bones.”

The devastating news from the popular host was met with reactions from fans all over the globe, including from those right here at LCN. Ryan Lapierre, ‘20 says, “I watch Jeopardy with my mom every night while we eat dinner.  If he isn’t on the show, that won’t be as good of a show anymore.”

Marissa Casper, ‘19 added, “I don’t even watch the show and I know how important Trebek is. It would be a shame for Hollywood to lose him in addition to the other actors we have lost lately.”

Trebek is adamant he will defy the odds and survive this disease. He told the Today Show, “Under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years! So, help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.”