UPDATED with Sony TV statement: Longtime Jeopardy! host has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He shared the news in a video clip released today. Watch it above and read the transcript below.
Trebek has supplied the answers on Jeopardy! since it debuted in syndication in 1984. The popular game show was renewed in September through the 2023 season, along with its longtime lead-in Wheel of Fortune. In today’s statement, Trebek said, “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.” He then added, jokingly: “Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years!”
There have been no changes to the current production schedule of Jeopardy in light of Trebek’s diagnosis.
Mike Hopkins, Chairman of Jeopardy! producer Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement: “If anyone can beat this it’s Alex. He has our full support as he tackles this challenge head-on.”
The show is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
Here is the transcript of his statement from the Sony lot today:
Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 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.”