Trebek’s battle with cancer has led him to caution fans that his time with the long-running Jeopardy! revival may be coming to an end and offered thoughts about his life as well.
When his diagnosis was made public, Trebek assured fans that he would do his best to stay on as host for as long as his health allowed. It seems that time may be up soon.
The esteemed host and longtime TV personality has been receiving chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. In a recent interview, Trebek divulged that the chemo is beginning to give him sores inside his mouth that make it difficult to enunciate.
“I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish,” Trebek stated in an interview with CTV. The famed host mentioned that he has noticed himself slurring his words as a result of the sores, which has given him pause.
During the CTV interview, Trebek stated that he somewhat regrets having been so public with his diagnosis and his battle with cancer. He announced back in March that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Since the announcement, he’s stated that many people have come to him as a source of strength and optimism for their own battles with cancer.
Trebek divulged, however, that his battle has been quite difficult for him, helping others deal with their pain and their fear. “I don’t know if I’m strong enough or intelligent enough to help alleviate some of that despair, so it’s tough on me,” the beloved TV host confessed.
“The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me,” Trebek stated in the interview with CTV. “I’m 79 years old. So, hey, I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life. I know that.”
Hopefully, Trebek’s own attitude helps others suffering through similar situations. While things might seem bleak or unfair, it’s up to us how we react to the situations we find ourselves in. The best we can hope for is to find some love and friendship along the way.