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Alex Trebek: The "Jeopardy" presenter talks about his cancer

The legendary quiz show host Alex Trebek speaks gives a health update. He was diagnosed with cancer in March

"I have news that I would like to share with all of you," said Alex Trebek, 78, in a one-minute video online in March. "As with 50,000 other people in the US every year, I was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer this week," the 78-year-old reveals in a calm, clear tone. More than two months later he is now giving a health update.

That's how it is for Alex Trebek today

"It was really bad," said Alex on the "CBS Morning Show" for the past few weeks. "I doubled over in pain on the floor. It went from three to eleven - and I just couldn't believe it. I just didn't know what was happening." The pain gained the upper hand three to four times a day. Sometimes the presenter made it into the changing room after a shoot before he "doubled over and screamed in pain" - only to be back in front of the camera 15 minutes later.

He doesn't want to give up

The 78-year-old also reports that the producers of "Jeopardy" are very compassionate. According to the legend of the moderators, they wanted to expose the recordings again and again. But Alex didn't want that. Because he wants to fight. "No. We're here. We're doing the shows," he told them with all determination. After the diagnosis, he went to treatment, was prescribed chemotherapy - thereupon he moderated with Toupet. Now he is looking forward to the summer break: "Hopefully my hair will grow back then too. Because I like my own hair."

Trebek has been moderating "Jeopardy" for almost 35 years

Trebek has moderated the US version of the quiz show "Jeopardy" since September 1984 - a total of almost 35 years. This long running time even earned the native Canadian an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. His work as a presenter earned the 78-year-old a total of four Grammys and one star on the Walk of Fame.

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