Alex Trebek is back at work on the upcoming season of “Jeopardy” following treatment for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over,” Trebek said in a video promoting the 36th season of the longrunning game show. You can watch the video above. “I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now.”
Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which has a 9% survival rate, back in March. “Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging but I’m going to fight this,” the host said when he announced his diagnosis back in March. “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.”
He told People in May that, despite the odds, he’s been responding well to chemotherapy treatment and is in “near remission.”
“We have some exciting things coming up, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you,” Trebek continues in the video. “It’s going to be a good year.” The new season, which premieres Sept. 9, will be the last for Harry Friedman as executive producer (Friedman serves in the same role for “Wheel of Fortune as well). On Thursday, producer Sony Pictures TV announced that Mike Richards will take over.