Here’s your daily double of good news: Alex Trebek is done chemotherapy treatment AND he’s headed back to Jeopardy! for season 36.
Back in March of this year, the world collectively gasped when Trebek shared that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “I’m going to fight this,” he promised. He also broke the serious news with a lighthearted quip, joking that he had to beat the disease “because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years.”
It looks like he kept his promise, as seen in a new video shared on Jeopardy!‘s social media accounts. The clip seems to have actually been taped on Trebek’s 79th birthday on July 22, which means he’s been at work for at least a month already. In the video, he says, “I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully, that is now over,” adding, “I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now.”
Trebek has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984, and the show’s website shares that he hosted 50 episodes after his diagnosis. That stretch included contestant James Holzhauer’s 32-game winning streak where he won over 2 million dollars. Holzhauer donated some of his winnings to a pancreatic cancer walk in Illinois in Trebek’s honour, showing just how much the host’s vulnerability touched the people around him.
Since his diagnosis announcement, Trebek has touched many more by sharing his story with the world. In an emotional interview on GMA in May, he spoke about the “surges of deep, deep sadness” he felt at times. He also mentioned how impactful it was to hear from so many fans who have been affected by cancer, especially those who have survived it. Those folks served as inspiration for Trebek through his own journey, and now with his own successes in fighting the disease, he’s an inspiration for many other as well.
Season 36 of Jeopardy! begins airing in September, so we’ll be seeing Trebek grace our screens as he has for over 3 decades very soon. “We have some exciting things coming up [this season] and I can’t wait to share them with all of you,” he says in today’s video, stating, “Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year.” We believe you, Alex — and we hope it’s your best one yet.