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Alex Trebek Talks Retiring From 'Jeopardy!' And Feeling Like Cancer's Taking Certain Toll

Date January 10, 2020

In March 2019, universally beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which started the rollercoaster of emotions for his fans.

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Timeline of Alex Trebek's cancer battle

If you've been following Trebek's journey to cancer-free life, you know there have been a few ups and downs. Let's review a rough timeline of the host's battle:

  • March 6, 2019 - Alex Trebek announces he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer;
  • Late May 2019 - the host gives a promising health update, saying he's responding well to treatment and some of his tumors had shrunk;
  • August 29, 2019 - Trebek is done with chemo and returns to Jeopardy!;
  • September, October 2019 - Alex returns for new rounds of chemotherapy as the situation becomes worse.

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Since then, Alex Trebek has been bravely hosting the show and stays positive about his cancer treatment. But many wonder, does he plan on retiring?

Alex Trebek on retirement plans

During a recent press conference, Alex discussed how cancer affects his work and whether he was thinking about retiring from Jeopardy!

While chemotherapy take its toll on his memory, Trebek believes he has a grip on hosting and isn't ready to call quits yet (yay!). The 79-year-old host explained:

When you’ve been hosting, there are some of you who have been doing your jobs for many years. Some of you two or three decades. When you’ve been in the same job for that long period of time, it moves you to think at some point about retiring. Thinking about retiring and retiring are two different things.

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And that's all we need to hear! Our fears can be put to bed, at least for now.

Our love keeps Trebek going

At this point, many might wonder, why not retire and fight the illness in peace? Well, that's not an option for Alex Trebek as he appreciates the support his many fans give him.

He once told ABC News how much it means to him:

It makes me feel so good.

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Overall, Trebek once admitted that he's "not afraid of dying" because he's lived a great life. At this point, he wants to continue doing what he loves with people he loves. Meanwhile, we hope the host gets better and continues to bring joy to his fans.

Stay tuned for further updates on Alex's cancer battle.

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