Alex Trebek Says He's 'Feeling Great' After Most Recent Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Jesse Hicks

From Oprah Magazine

We’re not afraid to admit that Alex Trebek is a role model. The “Jeopardy!” host is smart, sophisticated, and even a little bit sassy—in his nearly four decades as a television institution he’s brought us some great moments. And when, last year, the 79-year-old Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he showed us how to break bad news with class and grace.

Now he’s back with some good news. On his Twitter feed this morning, Trebek posted an update on his diagnosis. He started by wishing everyone well during these strange times, then joking that, “As many of you know, whenever there’s a break in our “Jeopardy!” tape schedule, I often take that opportunity to grow some facial hair.” Looking silver-fox healthy with a neatly trimmed beard, he went on to tease a special series of “Jeopardy!” episodes to air this month, including the very first, featuring Trebek in a 80s-era moustache. He’s currently recording new introductions to these curated episodes.

On a more personal note, Trebek went on to share some news about his medical diagnosis. His treatment is going well, he said, though it leaves him fatigued. “My numbers are good,” he said. “I’m feeling great.” And, because he’s Alex Trebek, he used this time to, you know, write a book—the man is undergoing cancer treatment, recording “Jeopardy!” intros, and publishing a book.

But as always he found time to extend his care to other people. Rather than sign off with news about himself, he wished all his viewers to stay safe. Just another reason to appreciate Alex Trebek, cultural institution and all-around decent guy.


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