Alex Trebek, host of beloved television quiz show Jeopardy!, announced Wednesday that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Trebek released a statement that reads:
Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.
Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 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. Truth told, I have to! Because 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. Thank you.
Trebek has hosted Jeopardy! since the show debuted in 1984 and has become one of television’s most iconic figures.
He holds the Guinness World Record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter – nearly 8,000 and counting.