Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek 'touched beyond words' by fan outreach amid cancer battle, promises season 36
Despite his stage four cancer diagnosis earlier this year, Alex Trebek is still very much the public face of long-running game show Jeopardy!
The show shared a Twitter video message from Trebek on Wednesday with the status, “That’s a wrap!” In it, the host announced the show had just finished taping its 35th season and assured fans there would be more to come.
“Some of you may recall that at the beginning of this season, I promised you that we had some surprises in store for you. Well, of course, I had no idea at that time, that there were some surprises in store for me as well,” Trebek said, with good humor.
He went on to thank the fans for the outpouring of support he’s received since making his diagnosis public. “So, here, on the last day of taping for our 35th anniversary season, I wanted once again to thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support, particularly the many cards I’ve received from young people,” he said. “I’m touched beyond words.”
Lastly, he took a moment to dispel any rumors that he won’t be returning in the wake of treatment, revealing that they’re already hard at work on the next season and will return in September.
“I’ve always tried to be straight with you, and I’m not going to stop now, so despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good,” he pledged. “I’m continuing with my therapy and we, by we, the staff is already working on our next season, the 36th year of Jeopardy! So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff.”