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Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:14 AM

Trebek says his pancreatic cancer may mean the end of his time at 'Jeopardy!'

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. 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.

In March, he announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which has a 5-year survival rate of 9%. Last month he revealed he'd be undergoing another round of chemotherapy.

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."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/07/us/alex-trebek-pancreatic-cancer-hosting-trnd/index.html

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:19 AM

1. Pancreatic cancer is a hard one to beat. I wish him well in his fight.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:21 AM

2. You like to see someone retire on their own terms after a career like that ...

Trebek is an icon. Like Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, and Fred Rogers, he helped define a genre.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:35 AM

4. I hate to hear this. hate hate hate hate...



...and it leads me to wonder who's the heir apparent because the day will come, sooner vs. later, that AT will step away.

My vote - suggested by my jeopardy lovin' daughter - Ken Jennings...a well respected member of the "community" already.

To reiterate....I hate hate hate to hear this about AT.


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Response to CincyDem (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 12:40 PM

5. The guy who did Cash Cab has been suggested.

I think he would be better than Jennings. Jennings still provokes strong negative feelings in some Jeopardy fans.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 12:41 PM

6. Interesting. Hadn't heard that but I can see the cash cab guy. n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 11:40 AM

7. I'm saddened to hear this. Maybe Obama could be the new host?

It would be a hoot to see him every day. And he's definitely smart enough.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:38 AM

8. We watch him every evening. He is doing very well, IMO. Looks good and isn't missing too many

beats...

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