12:11 p.m. PT – Alex clarifies the quote from his book about stopping cancer treatment if it doesn’t continue to work. He says it was written before his current regimen, when he was “going through rough times”, and that if his treatment stops working now … he would revert to his previous chemotherapy treatment – not stop all treatment.
He adds … “I apologize for any confusion and I want everyone to know that I am optimistic about my current plan, and I thank them for their concerns.”
Alex Trebek – the beloved host of “Jeopardy!” for 36+ years – has taken another major milestone … celebrating its 80th anniversary.
Alex turned 80 following the release of his new memoir, “The Answer Is …: Reflections On My Life”, and during a constant battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed the year last.
Through it all … Trebek has been legendary, continuing to host the game show while receiving treatment and inspiring millions of people battling cancer.
Alex opened this week, saying he is undergoing an experimental cancer treatment and that this will be his last … he has already had other treatments that have been difficult, and he says he discussed it with his family and that it all comes down to a quality of life decision.
And, even after 36 years and 8,132 episodes, Alex says he plans to continue his “Jeopardy!” concert while he’s there. When he finally needs to be replaced, he recently joked with “ GMA ” that the perfect fit for the job was … his longtime friend, Betty white.
All kidding aside, Trebek revealed in 2018 who he really is has in mind to replace him – another Alex … play-by-play announcer from LA Kings, Alex Faust, and CNN contributor and lawyer Laura Coates. BTW … do not reduce Anderson Cooper.
Originally posted – 7:03 AM PT