Alex Trebek is not afraid of dying and he reportedly will not be stepping down from hosting Jeopardy! any time soon. The iconic host has been at the front of the gameshow since 1984 and has never missed one taping. It was revealed in March of this year that Trebek was fighting stage IV pancreatic cancer and he then announced in May that he was in remission after successful rounds of chemotherapy. The beloved host now says the cancer is back and that it has spread even further this time. He had this to say in a recent interview.
"I've lived a full life, a good life, and I'm nearing the end of that life. I know that. I'm not gonna delude myself. If it happens, it happens. Why should I be afraid of that?"
After Alex Trebek made comments about his life and death began to spread, many believed he was going to step down from his hosting duties on Jeopardy!. According to sources close to the host and the show, this is not the case. Trebek has over 2 months of shows in the can and is continuing to tape twice a week. However, the host is reportedly "hypercritical" of mistakes he might make due to his cancer treatments.
Alex Trebek has started chemotherapy again and as a result has some pretty severe mouth sores, which he believes is negatively effecting his speech. Sources say the host is mainly being too hard on himself and state if a mistake is made, they just do another take like they would do normally. Trebek will only step down from Jeopardy! "if his ability to host the show diminishes," but it doesn't look like that will be happening in the near future. The show still has tapings on schedule through December.
TV personality Dr. Oz is a friend of Alex Trebek's and gave an update about his condition last week. According to Oz, Trebek is "struggling with the different forms of chemotherapy that are being offered to him." However, the TV host doesn't believe this is the end of his life. "I do believe this, he's soulful man who's always been optimistic about life - keep his confidence. The longer he stays alive, the better able we are to catch up to his pancreatic cancer." Trebek has mostly stayed positive about his fight and declared he was going to beat it.
While Alex Trebek is dealing with more chemotherapy, it appears he is still staying strong and keeping Jeopardy! going, which is more that admirable. The host has not missed one day of work in nearly 40 years on the job. Who can say that? Hopefully Trebek remains strong and is able to continue his quality of life, even if that means leaving Jeopardy! behind. TMZ was the first to report on Alex Trebek's current host status.