“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s “hanging in”, but he also says that some of his hosting skills have begun to “diminish” as a result of his battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Trebek says he has mouth sores from the chemo that sometimes affect how he enunciates words, and says he knows it’s noticeable:
“I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving. But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s ok.’ ”
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He told LaFlamme that his chemotherapy will continue until it doesn’t work, and that he and doctors will just “play it by ear,” as things progress.
“So we’re back on the chemo and we’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do…they can’t keep doing it forever of course. They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer. We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”
'I'm hanging in': Alex Trebek sits down with Lisa LaFlamme https://t.co/z8MAbVMTfh
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“I’m not afraid of dying,” Trebek said in the interview. “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that?”
And ever the joker, he also tried to predict what his funeral would be like.
“One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is ‘He was taken from us too soon.’”
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek donates $2.1 million to University of Ottawa. Trebek, who graduated from the school in 1961 with a philosophy degree, has now given more than $9 million to the university. https://t.co/nDbpChMtbC
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