Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, but vows to fight the disease.
Trebek said in a video posted online that he wanted to put the news out ahead of any rumors about his health.
“I’m going to fight this. 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,” Trebek said.
He went on to say he “has to” beat the disease because he still has three more years on his contract.
Trebek has hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984. His career began in Canada in 1961 and has included hosting a number of popular game and quiz shows.
He took a brief medical leave last year for blood clots on his brain after taking a fall and had two mild heart attacks in 2007 and 2012.