ShareThis Page
‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek says cancer fight includes bouts of ‘deep, deep sadness’ | TribLIVE.com
Movies/TV

‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek says cancer fight includes bouts of ‘deep, deep sadness’

Frank Carnevale
1098648_web1_AP_19065835188396
AP
In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, moderator Alex Trebek speaks during a gubernatorial debate between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner in Hershey, Pa. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has announced that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer has been making all the news in recent weeks, but host Alex Trebek shared an update on his battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday.

In an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America,” the game show host talked about the how he’s feeling and the range of emotions that come with treatment.

“My oncologist tells me I’m doing well even though I don’t always feel it,” he said.

“I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured discs, so I’m used to dealing with pain – but what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eyes,“ Trebek, 78, continued.

“I’ve discovered in this whole episode … that I’m a bit of a wuss. But I’m fighting through it.

“My platelets, my blood counts are steady. My weight is steady. The numbers that indicate the cancer … the cancer indicators, those are coming down. So, I’ve got another chemo next week, and then we’ll do a review to find out where things stand.”

“Bless you for being so honest and talking about the bad, as well as the good,” said Roberts, who had a bout with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the bone marrow, which she recovered from in 2013.

Trebek announced his Stage 4 cancer diagnosis in early March but said he would continue to host the show and return in September for the new season. Trebek has been the host for 35 years.

Trebek also shared that he’s excited about Holzhauer’s run of wins.

After the interview Roberts and Trebek shared a hug.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Frank via Twitter .

Categories: AandE | Movies TV | Top Stories
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.