On March 6, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, 78, revealed that he's been diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer. In a video released on the Jeopardy! YouTube account, Alex opened up about his physical state and what fans can expect in the coming months. "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," he begins. "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 encourageing, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working."
Alex — who has been hosting the show for 35 years — went on to say that with support and prayers from his family, friends, and fans, he hopes to overcome any and every obstacle that comes his way. "I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease," he continued. "Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years!" He then ended the announcement on a positive note, adding, "Keep the faith and we'll win. We'll get it done."