The pandemic has put production on Jeopardy! on hold — yet Alex Trebek says he’ll keep on facilitating insofar as he’s capable.
As his long-running test show turns to re-airing vintage episodes subsequent to depleting its gracefully of pre-coronavirus recordings, the dearest TV have has addressed the New York Times about his treatment for stage IV pancreatic cancer and how it will affect his future with Jeopardy!
“Yesterday morning my wife came to me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad,” he said. “There comes a time where you have to make a decision as to whether you want to continue with such a low quality of life, or whether you want to just ease yourself into the next level. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”
“It’s a quality program, and I think I do a good job hosting it, and when I start slipping, I’ll stop hosting,” said Trebek.
Having commended enduring one year since his conclusion in March — something just 18 percent of those with his finding do — the Canadian-American moderator is presently anticipating two new significant achievements: his 80th birthday celebration, on July 22, and the July 21 distribution of his journal, The Answer Is… : Reflections on My Life.
In fact, his partners on Jeopardy! have borne observer to his struggles with health, remembering a second for which his torment was so extreme Trebek cried from the floor of his changing area — at that point proceeded to tape five episodes.
“Once I introduce him on that stage, he is Alex Trebek,” longtime Jeopardy! announcer Johnny Gilbert told the Times. “You can tell that that’s what he’s living for.”