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The 78-year-old host took to YouTube to share the personal message about his health, "in keeping with [his] longtime policy of being open and transparent to the Jeopardy! fanbase" and ensure that the details were accurate.  

With the same professional veneer that he has displayed as the host of the primetime game show for the last 35 years, Trebek calmly shared the news and said that, along with 50, 000 other Americans every year, he has pancreatic cancer and acknowledged that while this disease doesn't have an encouraging survival rate, he won't be deterred: "I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease."

He even made room for a joke, saying he is going to stay on as the trusted TV host because he's, wait for it, contractually obligated: "Under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me!"

He recently joked that Betty White should take over as host when he eventually stepped away as quiz show guru before more putting forward more realistic names like CNN's Laura Coates, announcer Alex Faust and TV host Ben Mankiewicz.

While Trebek inserted some humour into the sad news, his positive outlook is inspiring.

"Keep the faith and we'll win. We'll get it done. Thank you."