'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer: 'I'm gonna fight this'

Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The "Jeopardy!" host, 78, announced the diagnosis in a pre-taped video message posted on Wednesday afternoon, revealing that he found out earlier this week.

"Hi, everyone. I have some news to share with all of you, and it's in keeping with my longtime police of being open and transparent with our 'Jeopardy!' fanbase," Trebek said from the game show's set. "I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health, so therefore I wanted to be the one to pass along this information: Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer."

 

 

"Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this and I'm going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the helps of your prayers, also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease," he went on. "Truth told, I have to, because under the terms of my contract, I have to host 'Jeopardy!' for three more years, so help me keep the faith and we'll win. We'll get it done! Thank you."

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Pictured: Host Alex Trebek, dice girl Ruta Lee

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Pictured: John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin, Alex Trebek as Himself

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UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01: Zsa Zsa Gabor and Alex Trebek (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Game Show Host Alex Trebek and actress Beverly Sassoon attending 'Scott Newman Benefit Dinner' on November 8, 1985 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alex Trebek, circa 1984. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
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Alex Trebek attends Third Annual Franciscan Games on September 30, 1989 at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

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 Air Date 01/18/1990

Pictured: Alex Trebek as Himself, John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin

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Canadian American television star Alex Trebek has been the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! since 1984.

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Host of 'Jeopardy!' Alex Trebek attends a press conference to discuss the upcoming Man V. Machine 'Jeopardy!' competition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on January 13, 2011 in Yorktown Heights, New York.

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Alex Trebek hosts the 2012 National Geographic Bee Championship Round at the National Geographic Society on May 24, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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 Three football buffs step up to challenge Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, and special guest Alex Trebek stops by to give host Andy Richter a few pointers.

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Alex Trebek speaks during a rehearsal before a taping of Jeopardy! Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Alex Trebek attends the ''SNL 40th Anniversary Special' at Rockfeller Plaza in New York City. 

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TV game show host Alex Trebek is interviewed at the 'Jeopardy!' Hall of Fame Sony Pictures Studios tour ribbon cutting ceremony at Sony Pictures Studios on September 20, 2011 in Culver City, California.

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek attends the 2016 USO Gala on October 20, 2016 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
TO TELL THE TRUTH - Ashley Graham, Jenna Elfman, Donald Faison and Alex Trebek make up the celebrity panel on 'To Tell the Truth,' Episode 310, airing SUNDAY, JULY 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ALEX TREBEK
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: TV personality Alex Trebek attends the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation at the Official Residence of Canada on June 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 09: 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek speaks as he is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner at the Encore Las Vegas on April 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NAB Show, the trade show of the National Association of Broadcasters and the world's largest electronic media show, runs through April 12 and features more than 1,700 exhibitors and 102,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: Alex Trebek attends 'Who is Alex Trebek? Celebrating 35 seasons of Jeopardy!' at 92nd Street Y on February 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 19: "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek presents the Hart Memorial Trophy during the 2019 NHL Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Alex Trebek, winner of the Outstanding Game Show Host award, poses at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - Press Room at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Alex Trebek accepts the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host onstageduring the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Alex Trebek discusses his cancer diagnosis with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America," Wednesday, May 1, airing on the Walt Disney Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) ALEX TREBEK
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Special Guest Alex Trebek attends the screening of 'Wuthering Heights' at the 2019 TCM 10th Annual Classic Film Festival on April 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for TCM)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: Alex Trebek attends 'Who is Alex Trebek? Celebrating 35 seasons of Jeopardy!' at 92nd Street Y on February 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
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TMZ reports that Trebek, who has hosted the iconic show since 1984, intends on at least finishing out the current season.

Over the past year or so, Trebek has openly discussed his thoughts on retiring, candidly addressing rumors that he's planning on hanging up his hat in a variety of interviews. Earlier this year, he signed a contract that extended his hold on the gig through the 2012-2022 television season. Notably, the show has never aired episodes with a guest host.

Just last month, the television personality opened up about who he envisions his eventual replacement to be at the helm of "Jeopardy!," nothing that "it's probably going to be a woman."

"Somebody younger, somebody bright, somebody personable, somebody with a great sense of humor," he said, adding that CNN legal analyst Laura Coates and LA Kings announcer Alex Faust are some of his favorite potential options.

Alex Trebek has been married to wife Jean Currivan for 29 years.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Martin at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for NATAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: TV host Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend the celebratory dinner after the special tribute to Sophia Loren during the AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at Dolby Theatre on November 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. on November 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Jean Trebek (L) and TV personality Alex Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: TV personality Alex Trebek (R) and Jean Trebek arrive at the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's 19th Annual 'Taste For A Cure' at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 19: Alex Trebek (R) and Jean Currivan Trebek arrive at the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Alex Trebek and wife Jean Currivan attend Hollywood Stars Night Thoroughbred Horse Race on June 22, 1990 at Hollywood Park in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alex Trebek and wife Jean Currivan attend the opening of 'Jackie Mason - Brand New' on May 30, 1990 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alex Trebek and Jean Currivan during The 49th Annual Thalians Ball at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Heller/WireImage)
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