Alex Trebek Is Back to Work on ‘Jeopardy!’ Season 36 After Completing Chemotherapy
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is giving an update on his cancer battle.
In a new video, Trebek shared that his chemotherapy sessions are “over,” adding, “I'm on the mend and hopeful right now.”
Trebek, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer five months ago, is back to work on the 36th season of the show.
According to a show spokesperson, production is already underway.
Of the new season, which premieres September 9, Alex teased, “We have some exciting things coming up. I can't wait to share them with all of you. Let me tell you, it's going to be a good year.”
In May, the 79-year-old noted that he was “near remission.” He told People magazine, “It's kind of mind-boggling. 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.”
He credited the love he has received for helping him battle cancer, saying, “I've got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me, and their prayers. I told the doctors, 'This has to be more than just the chemo,' and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”
After hearing the good news from his doctors, Trebek couldn't hold back the tears. He said, “They were tears of joy, not tears of depression.”
Trebek hadn't lost his sense of humor while fighting cancer. In a recent interview with "CBS Sunday Morning,” he revealed that his chemotherapy treatments have made him lose his hair. As a result, the 78-year-old has been wearing a hairpiece while shooting "Jeopardy!" He shared, “And so what the challenge for 'Jeopardy!' viewers is right now is to figure out, 'Is that Alex's real hair or is that a full hairpiece?' Because they all know that when you start chemo, you lose your hair. So, which is it?"
He revealed of his hair to Jane Pauley, “This is not the real me. But on air, I'm told that there were times when the hairpiece looked better than my real hair. So, we'll see how people react to that. We have the summer months off. So, hopefully my own hair will grow back. 'Cause I like my own hair!"
Trebek took the summer off from hosting “Jeopardy!” to get better. When “Extra” recently asked him if he was coming back strong in September, he said, “I hope so.” Watch!
Alex announced his cancer diagnosis in March. At the time, he said in a video, “I'm going to fight this. I'm going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate.”
The famously funny host even joked, “Truth told, I have to because under the terms of my contract, I have to host 'Jeopardy' for three more years, so help me. Keep the faith and we'll win.”