first_imgBeing on @Jeopardy as a DC Power Player was a thrill of a lifetime. Alex Trebek could never root for me, but I’m rooting for him now. “I’ll take #AlexTrebek for $2,000!” pic.twitter.com/vd5xwncU55— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) March 7, 2019Created by Merv Griffin and presented by Art Fleming, the quiz competition debuted in 1964 and ran for 11 years. A weekly nighttime syndicated edition aired from 1974-75, and a revival (The All-New Jeopardy!) lasted five months in 1978/79.It wasn’t until Trebek stepped up to the podium in 1984, though, that the show really took off. With more than 7,000 episodes and a record 33 Daytime Emmy Awards (not to mention a Peabody Award), the program—and its host—is an American treasure.If all goes well, Trebek will continue entertaining through at least 2023.More on Geek.com:Watch Watson Destroy Humans at JeopardyScientists Develop Renewable Source of Cancer-Fighting T CellsResearchers Develop 10-Minute Test to Detect Cancer Who is an extraordinary human being, gracious, a consummate professional, a gentleman, a kind soul? Final Answer: #AlexTrebekEven though I didn’t win, I loved him at “hello”. He has asked for prayers as he confronts this health challenge. Let’s keep him in our thoughts. pic.twitter.com/FgFQNHl2KH— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) March 7, 2019 What is sad news about long-time Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek?The television personality on Wednesday announced that he’s been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.In a short video, shot in the game show’s Culver City studio and shared online, Trebek dropped the bombshell on fans.“I have some news to share with all of you. And it’s in keeping with my long-time policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base,” he said. “I also wanted to prevent you from hearing or reading some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health.“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year,” Trebek said, “this week I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.”The disease—the fourth most common cause of death in the US due to cancer—emerges when cells in the digestive organ begin to grow out of control.There are several types of pancreatic cancer, involving the endocrine and exocrine tissue; it is unclear which sort Trebek suffers from.“Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging,” he admitted. (The American Cancer Society estimates an average survival rate of about five years.) “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,” Trebek said.“Truth told, I have to. Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years,” he explained, with signature drollery. “So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.” The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 6, 2019 I’ve said this before but Alex Trebek is in a way the last Cronkite: authoritative, reassuring TV voice you hear every night, almost to the point of ritual.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 6, 2019last_img