‘Jeopardy’ host Alex Trebek says he has advanced pancreatic cancer

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.Getty Images

‘‘Jeopardy!’’ host Alex Trebek said he has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer but intends to fight the disease and keep on working.

In a video posted online Wednesday, he said he was announcing his illness directly to ‘‘Jeopardy!’’ fans in keeping with his long-time policy of being ‘‘open and transparent.’’

He’s among 50,000 other Americans who receive such a diagnosis each year, Trebek said. Normally, the ‘‘prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working.’’

Trebek, 78, said he plans to beat the disease’s low survival rate with the love and support of family and friends and with prayers from viewers.


He lightened the difficult message with humor: He said he must beat the odds because his ‘‘Jeopardy!’’ contract requires he host the quiz show for three more years.

‘‘So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done,’’ he said.

Trebek, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, has been host of the syndicated program since 1984. He and his wife, Jean Currivan, have two children.

Trebek has gone online before to get out word about his health. In January 2018, he posted a video announcing he’d undergone surgery for blood clots on the brain that followed a fall he’d taken. The show was on hiatus during his recovery.

In 2007, he was hospitalized for about a week after suffering what was described as a minor heart attack.

He’s won five Emmys as best game show host and received a lifetime achievement award from the TV academy in 2011.