Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
Alex Trebek, host of the long-running game show ‘Jeopardy’, has already made up his mind about how his final show will go. In a sit-down interview with ABC’s Micheal Strahan on Thursday, Trebek said he’ll request the ‘Jeopardy’ show director leave him 30 seconds to say goodbye.
“I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me… then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success,”’ he said. “And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”
Alex Trebek has hosted the game show since 1984, the only second host of the game show after original host Art Fleming. In March 2018, Trebek announced that he is diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Alex Trebek plans to continue to host “as long as my skills have not diminished.” Although ‘Jeopardy’ tapes their show weeks in advance, Trebek has not given any indication about retirement. Alex Trebek was joined by his wife to promote the special upcoming tournament on ‘Jeopardy’.
It’s worth mentioning Alex Trebek, along with Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White recently renewed their contracts through 2022. “Pat, Vanna, and Alex are simply the best. Night after night, they seamlessly entertain generations of fans on two of the most beloved television programs on air. We are thrilled that they’ll continue to do so through 2022,” Mike Hopkins, Sony Pictures Television chairman, said.
After the news of Trebek’s cancer came to light, social media rallied behind the game show icon. Trebek has been overwhelmed with the outpour of support and love from fans. “I have learned something in the past year and it’s this: We don’t know when we’re going to die,” Alex Trebek said while talking to ABC’s Micheal Strahan. “Because of the cancer diagnosis, it’s no longer an open-ended life, it’s a closed-ended life because of the terrible…survival rates of pancreatic cancer. Because of that, and something else that is operating here, people all over America and abroad have decided they want to let me know now, while I’m alive, about the impact that I’ve been having on their existence.”
Alex Trebek has bee outspoken about the dangers and importance of awareness when it comes to pancreatic cancer. Living with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer has left him with moments of depression.”Throughout my life, I’ve always wondered about how courageous a human being I was,” Trebek shared with E! Online. “I just look at it as it’s a part of life. Does that mean I’m courageous because I’m dealing with it? No. I could be scared to death and I’d still have to deal with it. But I’m not scared to death. So, maybe I am courageous.” Alex Trebek has promised to continue to fight and hope for the best.