Who is a consummate professional and beloved the world over? Final Answer: Alex Trebek.
The longtime "Jeopardy!" host announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In a YouTube video, Trebek said that he was making the announcement to the show's fanbase because he has "a longtime policy of being open and transparent" and that he wanted to prevent fans from "reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health."
Immediately after the somber announcement, an outpouring of well wishes and sentiments of love and support came flooding in.
Funnyman Stephen Colbert took a moment on Wednesday night's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," to convey his adoration of the long-time trivia game show aficionado.
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"There's somebody else I just want to give a quick shout-out to here," he began. "A friend of ours, a really wonderful man, Alex Trebek, has announced this afternoon that he has pancreatic cancer. He's really a lovely guy."
Colbert went on to describe a special memory he had with Trebek on his previous show, "The Colbert Report." The comedian said that his character had to go somewhere, so writers planned for him to ride off in Santa's sleigh alongside Abraham Lincoln and old Saint Nick. Colbert wanted a fourth person to accompany them so he asked Jon Stewart for a recommendation. The former comedy duo decided that naturally it would Alex Trebek, because who else would you want to spend eternity with?
Colbert notes, "Everybody loves Alex Trebek."
Fellow funnyman Ken Jeong tweeted: "Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers to Alex Trebek. You are my hero.
Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers to Alex Trebek.— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) March 6, 2019
You are my hero. ❤️❤️🙏🙏pic.twitter.com/CcXhVtqUT8
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is fighting his own political battles at the moment, tweeted that he was rooting for this fellow Canuck.
Keep fighting, Alex – Canadians are rooting for you! https://t.co/EY3Tm1uKVx— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 7, 2019
Trebek's longtime friend and "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak also expressed his reaction to the sad news.
The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek's struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 6, 2019
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Ryan Seacrest of "Live with Kelly and Ryan" tweeted his support.
Alex Trebek - you are one of the greatest leaders and class acts in show business. Your level of grace, even in the face of adversity, is admirable and second to none. Stay strong and keep the faith, Alex. We are with you all the way! https://t.co/mBvVWZNpzU— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 7, 2019
And Cher sent along her well wishes.
Sending Love & Prayers To Alex Trebek🙏🏻.I've Been Playing JEOPARDY With Him Since I Was In My 20's,..Ahhh..30's,— Cher (@cher) March 7, 2019
I'LL NEVER BE TOO OLD TO
SON Used To Say
"Cher...You're Such a Kid"👧🏻
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