In March of last year, legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek revealed that he had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, and last week, he posted a hopeful YouTube video updating fans on his progress.
Tragically, however, the video came on the heels of comments Trebek made to The New York Times indicating that if his current course of treatment fails, he does not plan to pursue other options.
Trebek addresses fans
“Hello everyone,” the nearly 80-year-old television personality greeted his audience on Thursday. “I hope you are all doing well during these difficult times.
“As many of you know, whenever there is a break on our Jeopardy! tape schedule, I often take that opportunity to grown some facial hair,” Trebek said jocularly, gesturing towards the beard he had grown.
In an apparent reference to California’s coronavirus restrictions, the TV host remarked: “Clearly, I’ve been doing that while waiting for us to safely return to the studio, which I hope will be very, very soon.”
Treatment “paying off”
After telling fans that he would be filming new introductions to classic Jeopardy! episodes from his home, Trebek said he wanted to provide “a quick health update.”
“I’m doing well,” he explained, according to Breitbart, noting that he has been continuing to undergo cancer treatment. However, Trebek noted that while the therapy has been “paying off,” it has nevertheless left him severely fatigued at times.
Still, the veteran game show host wanted to assure viewers that his “numbers are good” and that he is “feeling great.” Further, Trebek announced that he has been busy doing some writing.
“In fact, during the break from the studio, I even wrote a book that will be coming out July 21,” he said of his autobiography, titled, The Answer Is… Reflections on My Life.
Despite his characteristically optimistic demeanor, Trebek has also reportedly arrived at a very serious decision with regard to his future, according to the Times. Describing a particularly trying recent morning in which his wife asked how he was feeling, the beloved game show fixture said that he responded “I feel like I want to die,” adding, “It was that bad.”
As such, he said that he has resolved that if his current cancer regimen does not produce the desired results, he will stop pursuing additional treatment, telling the Times:
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.
Millions of Americans are surelly praying that advances in cancer treatment can provide Trebek with the ability to continue doing what he loves, and that he will indeed be back in the studio before long.