For over 35 years, Jeopardy! fans have watched the television beacon of stoicism that is host Alex Trebek, but the time may soon come when Trebek is unable to successfully take the Jeopardy! stage on a daily basis.
"I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish", he told CTV.
However, Trebek now says he's not afraid of death because he has lived a full life, and now he is nearing the end of that life.
Despite the initial success in treatment, Trebek recently stated that he has been urged by his doctors to undergo more treatment for his cancer after he saw a large amount of weight loss and his "numbers went sky high". "A lot of people are coming to me and looking for help, reassurance - and that's tough", he said. "I don't know if I'm strong enough or intelligent enough to help alleviate that despair".
Of continuing to host Jeopardy! "There are weaknesses that I feel in my body", he said, "but I can always suck it up when it comes time to tape the show". Trebek said, acknowledging that the side effects of chemo are that his words will occasionally slur, and he sometimes is not able to enunciate properly. He said, "There are moments when I have some regrets about having gone public with it because there's a little too much of Alex Trebek out there, and I regret that". The chemo has caused sores inside my mouth.
"I'm not afraid of dying", Trebek told CTV News in an interview published last Friday.
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But Trebek says that the crew is encouraging him to continue as they don't notice these changes. And I'm sure there are observant members of the television audience who notice also.
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.