Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Passes Away At 80

Alex Trebek (image via Jeopardy!)

Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has passed away at the age of 80 after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

From PEOPLE:

In a somber video message to fans shared March 6, the ABC game show host vowed to “fight” the disease and also continue working on the game show, which he hosted for 35 years. “Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working,” he said.

He also asked his fans to lift up prayers on his behalf. “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,” continued Trebek, who also quipped that he must continue working because of the terms of his contract through the 2021-22 season.

By the end of August, Trebek had completed his chemotherapy treatments, and announced in a video that he was “on the mend.”

“I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy, and thankfully that is now over,” he said. “I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now.”

Sadly, he announced in September 2019 that he had to undergo chemotherapy again.

Since he joined Jeopardy! in 1984, Trebek hosted over 8,000 episodes of the venerable game show.

Along the way, Trebek’s work was recognized with several accolades including 8 Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.

But it was the viewers and players who held Trebek in perhaps the highest regard.

In November of 2019, I wrote about a moment on the show when a contestant realized he couldn’t win the episode, he decided to use his final Jeopardy! answer to send a message of love to the beloved host.

Contestant Dhruv Gaur wrote “We love you, Alex” after being stumped on the answer.

The hashtag #WeLoveYouAlex soon began trending on Twitter.

In 2014, the easy-going Canadian-born host penned an essay for Salon Magazine expressing his support for the LGBTQ community: “I’m in favor of equal pay for women, and the Lilly Ledbetter act. I believe in equal rights for the LGBT community; in fact, this winter, I braved the Minnesota winter weather to attend a gay wedding (which was officiated over by my wife).”

Rest in peace Alex Trebek.

#WeLoveYouAlex – Alex Trebek Gives One-Year Update On His Cancer Journey

Who doesn’t love good news on Hump Day?

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, currently on a survival journey with pancreatic cancer, gave his fans an upbeat update today – his one year anniversary since his diagnosis.

As Alex notes, the one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer is 18 percent. He adds that, while the two-year survival rate is 7 percent, his oncologist recently told him he expects to be sitting with Alex face to face next March 4.

While he acknowledges there have been not-so-good days along the way, he jokes it won’t be cancer that kills him but the chemo treatments.

As a cancer thriver myself, I completely understand that, and I’m more than appreciative that Alex is not only sharing his journey but doing so with such grace and conviction.

Radiating positivity and courage, he closes his update saying, “If we – because so many of us are involved in this same situation – if we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible.”

See you next year, Alex.

And The Answer is #WeLoveYouAlex

Answer: Alex Trebek being moved by a contestant who can’t win.

Question: What is beautiful?

When a player on today’s episode of Jeopardy realized he couldn’t win the game show, he decided to use his final Jeopardy answer to send a message of love to host Alex Trebek.

Contestant Dhruv Gaur wrote “We love you, Alex” after being stumped on the answer.

The hashtag #WeLoveYouAlex soon began trending on Twitter.

Trebek was diagnosed earlier this year with stage 4 pancreatic cancer but has announced he has no plans to retire.

He is currently undergoing a second round of chemotherapy.

And he has yet to miss a show.