Supporters of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek have been inspired by his continued appearances on the show while undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His resilience in the face of his disease, his good humor, and his commitment to remaining in the public eye has brought joy to many and empowered survivors.RELATED: Jean Trebek Tells SurvivorNet ‘The Universe Will Always Respond’ When You Ask for Help — an Amazing Conversation About Healing and Spirituality with Alex Trebek’s Wife
Now, as “Jeopardy!” fans mark their calendars for Jeopardy! The Greatest of All-Time,” the support continues. It seems people can not wait to see Trebek orchestrate a show featuring the greats.
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In the Facebook fan group The Jeopardy Fan, people, excited about correctly guessing the GOAT players, also gave a shout out to their favorite host.
“I called it! Now let’s continue to pray for Alex to beat his cancer,” one post read.
The Big Event
The prime-time event, which starts Jan. 7, reunites the show’s three legendary winners, Ken Jenning, James Hozhauer, and Brad Rutter, as they compete for a share of $1.5 million. The first contestant to win three matches will receive $1 million. Each runner-up will take home $250,000. Rutter is the top all-time money winner with $4.7 million, followed by Jennings with $3.4 million and Holzhauer with $2.7 million.
“Based on their previous performances, these three are already the ‘greatest,’ but you can’t help wondering: who is the best of the best?” Trebek said in the official release.
“He’s very excited about the upcoming prime-time event,” ABC’s LA-based entertainment reporter, George Pennacchio, posted on Instagram. “We’ll see it next month! Alex says you should expect harder questions for the three “Jeopardy!” legends playing for that $1 million.”
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ALEX TREBEK HEADS TO PRIME TIME I never tire of interviewing game show great Alex Trebek. He is very excited about the upcoming prime time event, “Jeopardy! The Greatest Of All-Time.” We’ll see it next month! Alex says you should expect harder questions for the three “Jeopardy!” legends playing for that $1 million prize.
In March, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television will honor Trebek with a special Academy Icon Award at the Canadian Screen Awards, set to run March 23-29 in Toronto. He can add this to his collection, which includes five Daytime Emmys for outstanding game show host and, in 2011, a lifetime achievement award. Trebek has even earned a spot in the Guiness World Records® record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter..
Trebek’s Cancer Journey
Trebek, 79, announced in March that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer –that is, advanced, metastatic pancreatic cancer that had already spread beyond his pancreas to other parts of his body.
In early summer, he heard that his pancreatic cancer tumors had responded a “mind-boggling” amount. But in September he announced that he had to go through another round of treatment.