Alex Trebek is thanking his fans for their outpouring of support in light of his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
“Hi everyone, I just want to take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement,” the “Jeopardy!” host shared. “I’ve heard from former contestants even Watson, the IBM computer, sent me a get well card.”
“Now obviously, I won’t be able to respond to all of you individually,” Trebek continued, “but I did want you to know that I do read everything I receive and I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers and the advice you have offered, and I’m extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me.”
“I’m a lucky guy.”
Last week, Trebek, 74, made light of the news by telling fans he had to beat the disease because he had signed a new “Jeopardy!” contract through 2022.
“I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” he said in his video message. “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 will win. We will get it done. Thank you.”
In 2018, Trebek took a leave of absence from the show when he underwent surgery for a subdural hematoma.
He has two children, 29-year-old Matthew and 26-year-old Emily, with his wife Jean Currivan Trebek.
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