Alex Trebek reveals exactly how his final episode of 'Jeopardy!' will end

Good Morning America's Michael Strahan sat down with Jean and Alex Trebek for the ABC special What is Jeopardy!?. The special explored the origins of the show and some of the most memorable contestants and moments. A large part of the episode was also centered on Alex's battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

While Alex is fighting the disease, he admits that he is keeping his expectations realistic. Most of us have open-ended lives, we don't know when we're going to die," said Alex. "Because of the cancer diagnosis, it's no longer an open-ended life, it's a closed-end life because of the terrible statistics, survival rates for pancreatic cancer."

Jean, who rarely does interviews, opened up about what has been the hardest part of Alex's battle. "I think for me it's when I see him in pain and I can't help him," said Jean, adding, "And when he doesn't eat right…when he has too much diet soda." 

Alex revealed that while he hasn't determined when his last day will be, he does know how his final show will end. “It'll be a significant moment but I've kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already," said Alex. "And what I would do on that day is tell the director, time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end, that's all I want.”

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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)
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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)
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The 79-year-old game show host admitted that he has rehearsed his final statement in his head.  Alex said, "I will say my good-byes and I will tell people, 'Don't ask me who is going to replace me, because I have no say in that whatsoever. But I'm sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me for the past 30, however many years, then they will be a success” and the show will continue being a success.'”

Hopefully his final show is a long way off but when the day does come he said it will end with him saying, “Until we meet again, God bless you and good-bye."

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