CNN – After months of battling pancreatic cancer, Alex Trebek is hinting that his long tenure as host of “Jeopardy!” may be nearing an end.
Trebek told CTV he has begun to get sores inside his mouth from chemotherapy, which makes it difficult to enunciate. He sometimes hears himself slurring his words on the show, he said.
“I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish,” he told CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme.
As “Jeopardy!” host, Trebek has graced millions of living rooms for 35 years and more than 8,000 episodes.
In March, he announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which has a 5-year survival rate of 9%. Last month he revealed he’d be undergoing another round of chemotherapy.
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Seriously, who else could you even imagine saying something like, “No, I’m sorry. ‘What is the placebo effect?’ is what we were after,” with Trebek’s offhand graciousness and peerless timing?
Generations of schoolchildren have grown, married and matriculated into everyday “Jeopardy!” viewers with kids of their own since Trebek assumed hosting duties about 35 years and 8,000 — 8,000! — episodes ago.
Living without his televised presence would be something like living without television itself.
He’s been up front with his struggles with the disease, discussing it with tactful candor and uncanny ease.
The most trusted man in television since Walter Cronkite made you believe him when he said he would keep fighting and stay on the job until he was no longer able.
So, you also have to believe Trebek when he hinted to an interviewer from his native Canada last Friday that the time may be fast approaching when he can no longer carry on his hosting duties.
“I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish,” he told CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme. “And they have started to diminish.”
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