Alex Trebek’s future in jeopardy

In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, moderator Alex Trebek speaks during a gubernatorial debate between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner in Hershey, Pa. Jeopardy!

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In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, moderator Alex Trebek speaks during a gubernatorial debate between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner in Hershey, Pa. Jeopardy!" host Trebek says he has been diagnosed with advanced -four pancreatic cancer. In a video posted online Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Trebek said he was announcing his illness directly to "Jeopardy!" fans in keeping with his long-time policy of being "open and transparent." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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The answer: one of the most recognizable faces on television, this man, known for being an extraordinary human being and true professional, has been the host of JEOPARDY! since 1984.

The question: Who is Alex Trebek?

This week, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek revealed that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. This is devastating news.

Alex Trebek has been a part of millions of people’s’ daily lives for the past 35 years. No matter how divided we become, everyone, no matter our race, political ideology, background, or gender, has watched Jeopardy!

Trebek’s ‘legend status’ was quickly affirmed from the almost instant outpouring of support he received from all walks of live when he revealed his diagnosis in a video on the Jeopardy! Youtube channel.

Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune, tweeted “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.”

Ken Jennings, who remained a Jeopardy! champion for 74 days back in 2004, tweeted “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.”

Chris Cuomo, host of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, concluded his show with “In a time that is all about what is keeping us apart, we got tough news today about someone who has always brought America together, literally for decades. Since 1984, Alex Trebek has been the smartest guy in our living rooms, teaching us, but more importantly, bringing us together.”

For me, Trebek is a constant figure in this ever hectic and often chaotic world. Every night, no matter the struggles of the day or whatever craziness life throws at me, I watch Jeopardy. I can count on Trebek making some witty opening remark, me feeling like the smartest person on Earth when I know get more than two clues in a category correct, and me feeling like the dumbest person on Earth during Final Jeopardy!

For patients diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, meaning the cancer has spread from the pancreas to other parts of the body, the 5 year survival rate is only 3%, so Trebek’s chances look fairly grim.

Trebek is determined to get through this, saying “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.”

When it comes to betting on his future, I will make it a true daily double. We hope you’ll join us tomorrow, Alex. So long.

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