Alex Trebek, one of the last remaining people on the planet with a universal approval rating, will return to film his 36th consecutive season as the host of Jeopardy! this fall, he confirmed in a video released on Thursday.
Back in March, Trebek revealed to fans that he had been diagnosed with a late-stage pancreatic cancer. He kept up with his hosting duties while undergoing treatment, however. And although Trebek acknowledged the seriousness of this news in light of the disease&aposs low survival rate, could not resist infusing the announcement with his trademark brand of deadpan humor. "I&aposm going to fight this," he promised. "Truth be told, I have to. Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years."
Now, Trebek says, his chemotherapy regimen is "over," and he describes himself as "on the mend." In the video, a snippet plays of the 79-year-old mugging for the camera and executing a fine set of standing push-ups against a chair backstage, waiting for longtime announcer Johnny Gilbert to call him out to the set. "It&aposs another day at the office for me," says Trebek, the show&aposs lone host since it entered syndication in 1984. "So many great things have been happening."
The balance of the video features other highlights from the upcoming season: In one, he poses next to a birthday cake as the studio audience sings "Happy Birthday." (In lieu of candles, the cake is topped with giant question mark, and "Who is 79?" appears on its side.) In another, after a member of the audience apparently asks which actor Trebek would like to portray him in a hypothetical biopic, he answers, "Betty White." As always, he smiles ever so slightly after delivering the line, but does not laugh.
"Let me tell you," he concludes. "It&aposs going to be a good year."
Originally Appeared on GQ