Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Alex Trebek has no interest in being poster boy for pancreatic cancer

Alex Trebek has no interest in being poster boy for pancreatic cancer

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says that his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer may cause the end of his run as host of the popular game show.

The 79-year-old Canadian national added that he isn't afraid of death. So, I've lived a good life, a full life, and I'm nearing the end of that life.

Trebek told CTV he has begun to get sores inside his mouth from the chemotherapy, which makes it hard to enunciate.

"I'm gonna 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", he said in a video message at the time, making a lighthearted reference to his contract to host the show for three more years.

"I'm sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they're forgiving", Trebek told CTV, referring to the chemotherapy symptoms.

"I will keep doing [the show] as long as my skills do not diminish".

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Despite his rather tranquil perspective on death and illness, Trebek said he still understands the hopelessness of other cancer patients, noting it's often hard "trying to be as optimistic as you can when the other person feels none of that... they feel only despair". According to the celebrated U.S. game-show host, the prospect of death does not scare him.

I say, 'Look, I'm slurring my words.

"They'll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer", Trebek said. Last month he revealed he'd be undergoing another round of chemotherapy.

The long-time game-show host spoke to LaFlamme before an appearance on Friday at the University of Ottawa, where they announced that Trebek would be donating $2.1 million for the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue, which seeks to "enrich and broaden public debate" - something that he feels is at risk in certain parts of the world. "But there will come a point when [fans and producers] will no longer be able to say, 'It's O.K'".

"Democracy is at risk in many other countries of the world", Trebek said.

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