Alex Trebek Health Update: Host Returns To ‘Jeopardy!’ After Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
The 79-year-old Canadian, who last month finished his chemotherapy treatments, returned to television Monday night to host the Season 36 premiere of the trivia game show.
Alex Trebek Health Update
“Today, ‘Jeopardy!’ begins its 36th season on the air, and I’m happy to report I’m still here,” Trebek said to open the show.
Trebek told People magazine in May that his health was already doing so well that his doctors had said he was “near remission.”
“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Trebek said at the time. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory … some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”
The host noted that he survival rate for those with pancreatic cancer is 9%, a revelation that left him crying “tears of joy.”
Alex is back in action! Join him on September 9 for the premiere of Season 36. pic.twitter.com/Vdv9t9vxDE
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) August 29, 2019
Jeopardy! fans on social media delighted at seeing Trebek return for Monday night’s season premiere.
watching #Jeopardy and tearing bc Alex Trebek looks HEALTHY and AMAZING! He was like “I’m still here 😉”
— Jamie Price (@itsjamielenel) September 9, 2019
— Eric (@PaxAttack300) September 9, 2019
— Alex Brown (@AlexBrown15) September 9, 2019
Alex Trebek back at work after completing chemotherapy for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. pic.twitter.com/AmaAKcNE2R
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) September 6, 2019
Alex Trebek started the show saying “Today is the first episode of the 36th season and I’m happy to report I’m still here.” Yes testimony!!🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/DW5AEZGZn7
— Kiki (@akilahBEE_) September 9, 2019
In Monday night’s episode of the game show, returning champion Jason Zuffranieri won his seventh straight game to increase his total earnings to $166,500.