Alex Trebek Health Update: ‘Jeopardy’ Host Back On Chemo, Loses Hair
Post chemotherapy treatment struggles could not stop Alex Trebek from hosting his 36th season of Jeopardy.
The 79-year-old Canadian, who has revealed his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in March, spoke to CTV about his treatment and determination to continue hosting the iconic game show.
Alex Trebek Health Update
“I’m hanging in,” Trebek said. “So we’re back on the chemo and we’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do… they can’t keep doing it forever, of course.”
“They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer. We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”
Chemotherapy caused Trebek to lose his hair, and even though it started to grow back a little, he still wears a wig on the show.
“But now it’s gone again, and I’m back to wearing the creation of another man,” he said.
Moreover, the host, who is known for his perfect diction has had sores in his mouth after treatment, which makes it difficult to enunciate his words.
“I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving,” he said. “But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s ok.’ ”
Trebek also openly spoke about his mortality with CTV.
“I’m not afraid of dying,” the 79-year-old said. “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that?”
“One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is ‘He was taken from us too soon.’”