‘I’m gonna keep hosting’: Alex Trebek talks about his cancer treatment, future with ‘Jeopardy!’

‘I’m gonna keep hosting’: Alex Trebek talks about his cancer treatment, future with ‘Jeopardy!’
(WPXI/Jennifer Tomazic)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — For the last 36 years, Alex Trebek has been the beloved host of “Jeopardy!”

Jennifer Tomazic, from Channel 9′s sister station in Pittsburgh, sat down with Trebek to talk about his treatment with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and his future with “Jeopardy!"

Trebek has made hosting “Jeopardy!” a career, one that doesn’t seem to have an end date just yet.

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“I’m gonna keep hosting as long as I can and as long as my skills don’t diminish,” Trebek told Tomazic.

So many people across the world are focused on Trebek’s health and his very public treatment with cancer.

Just outside the studio in Culver City, California, a glass case is spilling out onto the walls with messages full of encouragement.

“The response from people all over America and Canada with regard to my current health situation has humbled me, really,” Trebek said. “I had no idea that our show and myself had such an impact in the lives of so many people out there.”

While watching Trebek work, you wouldn’t know he has a life-threatening illness.

Many close to Trebek said he is one of the first ones in the office, at 6 a.m. some days, reading through all the questions and answers and meeting with producers.

Executive producer Harry Friedman and Trebek are part of the show’s success.

Neither Trebek nor Friedman would talk about the show’s future, how long it will continue, if it will continue without him or who his successor might be.

Instead, the focus is on the here and the now.

Trebek’s message for everyone, those who are fighting their own health problems and those who don’t, is: “My response has been the same for all of these people. Let’s both agree that we are going to become survivors.”