Alex Trebek Gets Candid on Health, Reveals Possible 'Jeopardy!' Exit

Alex Trebek Mulls Early Jeopardy! Exit Reveals ‘Diminished’ Hosting Skills

While Alex Trebek had expressed previously an interest in continuing to host Jeopardy! while undergoing chemotherapy, the show's longtime host is now admitting to having doubts.

Trebek, 79, announced he is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March of this year. It makes it hard for me to speak and enunciate properly ... and they say, 'Well, we don't notice.' I say, 'I notice those things.' And I'm sure there are observant members of the television audience who notice also.

He said during the interview that he will continue to host the show as long as his skills don't diminish.

This money from Trebek's most recent donation will be directed toward the forum in his name, used to "support projects by 12 research institutes and centres working on complex problems facing Canada and the world", the university said in a press release. I say, 'Look, I'm slurring my words.

Astute Jeopardy! viewers have indeed noticed moments when Alex Trebek's speech has been slightly less precise than at other points, but considering Trebek has been so particular with his pronunciations over the years, he now just sounds more like other TV hosts.

"When I feel like my skills have diminished to the point I notice and bothered by it, I notice now, but I'm not as bothered by it because all of the people around me are saying, 'No it's okay.'" he said.

I talk to the producers about this all the time now. And they say, 'Well, we don't notice.' I say, 'I notice those things.' And I'm sure there are observant members of the television audience who notice also.

Watch Trebek's full interview with W5 above. At the time, Trebek said that he would return to Jeopardy! and they had some exciting plans for his 36th season, so it was "going to be a good year". Trebek added that he hadn't been able to get his strength back since he began his treatment.

Trebek graduated from U of O with a philosophy degree in 1961 but he still has a strong presence on campus - the Alumni Hall is named after him and his previous donations established the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue in 2017.

The Canadian-born game show host also admitted that he has regrets about making his diagnosis public because he has become a spokesperson for pancreatic cancer.

"I'm not afraid of dying", he said openly.

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