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Speaking At The TCAs

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Legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek spoke to journalists at ABC's presentation at the TCA Winter Press Tour, where he gave an update on his health and how his pancreatic cancer treatment was progressing.

In the past, Trebek has been candid about the toll that his health was taking on him, telling Canadian news show W5 that his skills "have started to diminish."

"I talk to the producers about this all the time now. I say, ‘Look, I’m slurring my words. My tongue doesn’t work as much, as well as it used to. The chemo has caused sores inside my mouth. It makes it difficult for me to speak and enunciate properly.' They say, ‘Well, we don’t notice.’ I notice those things. And I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience who notice also."

Is He Leaving 'Jeopardy'?

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Trebek was a bit more optimistic at the TCAs, explaining that he as of yet isn't planning on leaving Jeopardy!, and that he's taking things "month-by-month."

"I don’t foresee that coming up in the near future. Some days are better than others… they’ve got me off one of my chemo drugs, which was killing me."

Trebek shared that he was undergoing a new round of tests later in the week, but didn't go into greater detail about his diagnosis.

How He Rallies

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Trebek also admitted that even when he's exhausted from the illness and the treatment, he is able to rally thanks to Jeopardy!.

"For some reason, I can suck it up when [announcer] Johnny [Gilbert] introduces me, and it doesn’t matter how I’ve been feeling before that moment in my dressing room backstage… it’s just showtime."

Trebek explained that when the time to quit the show comes, he will miss "the 30 minutes I spend on stage with the contestants. Because I love spending time with bright people...I hate spending time with stupid people."

His Legacy

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The Jeopardy! host also talked about his legacy and how he hopes to be remembered. His answer is Classic Trebek:

"He was a nice guy and that he was the best kind of quiz show host in that he always seemed to be rooting for the contestants. He wanted them to perform at their best because if they did that would make the show a success and he would be able to enjoy the success of the program in that regard."

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