Alex Trebek has been a television fixture for decades, and on Wednesday the longtime “Jeopardy!” host released a video in which he had some sad, shocking news to share – he’s been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Telling fans he wanted them to hear the news directly from him instead of “reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports,” the Canadian-born star revealed he’s one of the 50,000 people in the U.S. each year to receive the diagnosis.
“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” says Trebek, 78.
“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,” added Trebek.
“Truth told, I have to!” he quipped, in good spirits. “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.”
The outpouring of love from people on social media did not go unnoticed. “Jeopardy” posted on their Twitter page on behalf on Trebek calling the repsonse “humbling and overwhelming.”
Just some of the prayers and support sent to the host can be read below.