Alex Trebek is back at work just five months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Alex has been taping new episodes for season 36 of Jeopardy!.
The show recently posted a teaser clip for the new season, and fans are happy to see Alex back at his post.
“It’s another day at the office for me, and an exciting day because so many great things have been happening,” the 79-year-old host begins the video. Alex goes on to recall some of the memorable guests from last season who helped the show’s profile rise.
Fans of the long-running game show were shocked when Alex announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March of 2019.
Pancreatic cancer is known for being pretty aggressive, and stage 4 cancers can only be treated, not cured. Despite the odds stacked against him, Alex has waged a fierce battle, undergoing chemotherapy and doing everything he can to keep hosting the show while staying healthy.
Alex has hosted the show since 1986, the entire length of this iteration of it. He surprised fans when he revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Many people familiar with what the disease is capable of feared that Alex’s days on Jeopardy! might be numbered.
“I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” Alex told fans at the time.
He stuck to his word.
At the end of the 35th season, reports about Alex’s conditions were mixed. While he was open about undergoing chemotherapy and discussing its side effects, there was speculation that things weren’t going as well as he let on.
“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers,” Alex told People. “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”
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Alex cleared up the confusion with a video message to fans. He thanked everyone for the outpouring of support and vowed to be back in September for the taping of season 36. He’s keeping his promise.
Jeopardy! released a trailer for the 36th season of the quiz show that featured Alex discussing what’s to come in new episodes.
“It’s another day at the office for me, and an exciting day because so many great things have been happening,” Alex begins the video.
Alex goes on to recap some of last season’s memorable contestants, from Jeopardy James to Jason, the latest champion. He expresses his excitement for what the new season has in store for everyone.
The clip then shows Alex backstage, at one point doing standing push-ups.
“I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy, and thankfully, that is now over,” he proclaims. “I’m on the mend, and that’s all I can hope for right now.”
Fans of the show and of Alex showed a tremendous amount of excitement to see him back in action. Alex’s attitude seems to have made all the difference in his battle, and it means a tremendous amount to those who care about him.
Jeopardy! fans have been rooting for Alex, so the overwhelming excitement to see him happy and healthy isn’t surprising. That doesn’t change the fact that it means the world to the longtime game show host, however.
Some Jeopardy! fans shared stories of how Alex and the show have been a comfort to their own family members, past and present, during the battles with cancer and other illnesses. It’s clear that the show has meant so much to so many people.
While Alex earlier proclaimed his cancer was “near remission,” there have been no further updates about his health. He looks great, and we hope that this is the beginning of a wonderful new and healthy chapter for him.
Season 36 of Jeopardy! premiered on September 9. Be sure to tune in and see Alex in all his glory. He’ll put the contestants to the ultimate test.
This story originally appeared at LittleThings.