Alex Trebek Says His Pancreatic Cancer May Mean the End of His Time at ‘Jeopardy!’

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After months of battling pancreatic cancer, Alex Trebek is hinting that his long tenure as host of “Jeopardy!” may be nearing an end.

Trebek told CTV he has begun to get sores inside his mouth from the chemotherapy, which makes it difficult to enunciate. He sometimes hears himself slurring his words on the quiz show, he said.

“I will keep doing it (the show) as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish,” he told CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme in an interview Friday.

Trebek speaks at his induction into the broadcasting hall of fame
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek speaks as he is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner at the Encore Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 9, 2018. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

As “Jeopardy!” host, Trebek has graced millions of living rooms for 35 years and more than 8,000 episodes—the most by a presenter of any single TV game show.

Trebek in March said he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” he told fans in a video message. “And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

In the CTV interview, Trebek said he regrets being so public with his battle with cancer. His outspokenness about the disease has encouraged many people to lean on him as a source of strength and optimism in their own battles, even while he undergoes his own, he said.

He told LaFlamme he doesn’t think he can take on so much of others’ pain.

“I don’t know if I’m strong enough or intelligent enough to help alleviate some of that despair, so it’s tough on me,” he said.

TV personality Alex Trebek
TV personality Alex Trebek attends the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation at the Official Residence of Canada in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 30, 2017. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

But Trebek is facing his diagnosis head on, saying he is not afraid of death.

“The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me,” he told LaFlamme. “I’m 79 years old. So, hey, I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life. I know that.”

Host of 'Jeopardy!' Alex Trebek in a 2011 file photo.
Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ Alex Trebek in 2011. (Ben Hider/Getty Images)

Epoch Times reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

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