Alex Trebek Fully Expects To ‘Be Around’ To Host ‘Jeopardy’ Next Year

Trebek says he's responding exceptionally well to his pancreatic cancer treatment.
Alex Trebek provided fans with an optimistic update on his health. The "Jeopardy" host expects to celebrate two years of surviving pancreatic cancer in February.
Alex Trebek provided fans with an optimistic update on his health. The "Jeopardy" host expects to celebrate two years of surviving pancreatic cancer in February.

LOS ANGELES — Alex Trebek says he’s responding exceptionally well to treatment for pancreatic cancer and expects to mark his two-year survival next February.

His doctor has said he’s counting on that milestone, the “Jeopardy!” host said, “so I expect to be around ’cause he said I will be around. And I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”

Tests evaluating his progress show “I’m on the right track,” Trebek told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” in an interview that was conducted last week at his home and aired Monday. Trebek turns 80 on Wednesday.

After interviewer T.J. Holmes told Trebek that he looked and sounded great, the TV host drolly replied: “Here I am, folks. Eat me up.”

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The experimental immunotherapy treatment Trebek is receiving is the same used by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada in his fight against pancreatic cancer, “Good Morning America” said. In June, the 80-year-old Reid said his disease is in remission.

On Friday, Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis lost his six-month battle with the disease at age 80.

Trebek said he’s had difficult days, calling his wife, Jean, a “saint” for her unwavering support as he’s faced moments of sadness and depression.

His memoir, “The Answer Is ... Reflections On My Life, ” will be published Tuesday. Its proceeds will go to charity, Trebek said.

Trebek has been host of “Jeopardy!” since 1984. The quiz show, which went into reruns early because of the coronavirus pandemic, plans to resume taping for its September return in a few weeks if state and local government restrictions aimed at controlling the virus’ spread allow.