As far as TV royalty goes, Alex Trebek is pretty much at the top of the list. The Jeopardy! host has been at the helm of the popular quiz program for more than 35 years and is beloved by millions of viewers worldwide, which is why his diagnosis with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year hit so hard. Thankfully, his tumors had shrunk by 50% as of May this year, and just this week he announced that he’s finished with chemotherapy and back at work.
In a new video published on Thursday, Trebek announced that his chemotherapy treatments are “over” and that he’s “on the mend” and back to filming new episodes of Jeopardy! for the show’s 36th season. He’s hoping to make a full recovery and taking one day at a time as he gets back into the routine he’s followed for more than three decades.
The new season of Jeopardy! will begin airing on September 9 and Trebek has promised fans that there are “some exciting things coming up that [he] can’t wait to share with you” and that it’s certainly going to be “a good year” for the show (and hopefully for Trebek personally).
While pancreatic cancer typically has only a 9% survival rate, Trebek said at the time of his diagnosis that he was determined to fight the disease and that he planned 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.”
— CNN (@CNN) August 30, 2019
It seems like that’s exactly what he’s done. He genuinely looks and seems to feel healthy and positive, and while cancer can be unpredictable and difficult to treat, it’s clear that Alex Trebek will never take any healthy challenges lying down and will give making a full recovery everything he’s got.