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Alex Trebek Admits To Suffering 'Moments Of Depression' But Says Love From Fans Helps

By Jeff Mazzeo

Alex Trebek opened up about his battle with pancreatic cancer and he admitted that it has not been easy but the millions of "Jeopardy!" fans have been doing their part to make him "feel so good."

The long-time game show host sat down with ABC News and detailed his severe pain and low moral but the overwhelming amount of love and support has not gone unnoticed. Trebek was speaking about a specific contestant's powerful gesture that made him emotional.

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Alex Admits To 'Sadness'


“Jeopardy!” contestant Dhruv Gaur touched Alex with a very special message he wrote down instead of tackling the Final Jeopardy! answer in November. He wrote, "We [love] you, Alex!" Trebek told ABC News that the message moved him.

“I read it first and then I got choked up because it suddenly registered on me: ‘Oh, dear. OK. Yeah,’” Trebek said.

He continued, “I don’t mind getting choked up. My oncologist told me one of the symptoms, if you will, of pancreatic cancer is that you get these moments of depression, sadness.”

Feeling The Love

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Alex has made peace with the fact that he isn't long for this world during the ABC News special but appreciates every moment and all the support he has received.

“I have learned something in the past year and it’s this: We don’t know when we’re going to die,” he said. “Because of the cancer diagnosis, it’s no longer an open-ended life, it’s a closed-ended life because of the terrible...survival rates of pancreatic cancer. Because of that, and something else that is operating here, people all over America and abroad have decided they want to let me know now, while I’m alive, about the impact that I’ve been having on their existence.”

“They have come out and they have told me, and my gosh, it makes me feel so good,” Trebek declared.

Experimenting With His Treatment

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Alex completed a bout of chemotherapy and doctors claimed he was near remission but he announced in October that he would be going through another round. He told ABC News in this special that he may be doing something a little different.

“We may try a new protocol...a different chemo or something in the trial stage that is not chemotherapy,” Alex Trebek told ABC News for the “Jeopardy!” special. “I don’t mind experimenting. I’ve got nothing to lose, so let’s go for it.”

We will keep you in our thoughts, Trebek. You entertain and educate millions of people and we want to keep watching you for a long time.

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