Alex Trebek made a very sad announcement, but his positivity and humor has everyone fighting with him.

Alex Trebek has been a mainstay in American homes since he began hosting "Jeopardy!" in 1984. The 78-year-old game show host is as synonymous with the quiz show as its iconic theme song.

It’s impossible to imagine anyone else standing behind that podium calling out a Daily Double.

On Wednesday, Trebek made a sobering announcement about his health. “Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” he said in a video taped on the "Jeopardy!" stage.


The survival rate for people with stage 4 pancreatic cancer is very low, but Trebek is remaining positive.

“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” Trebek said. “And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

He ended his announcement with his trademark dry wit, saying he has to beat the cancer for professional reasons.

“Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years,” he said with a grin. “So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win.”

Last November, amid rumors of his retirement, Trebek signed a contract to host the show through 2022.

While the news of Trebek’s illness is definitely a gut punch for his fans, he will continue to host the show as long as his health holds up. This gives everyone the opportunity to appreciate his one-of-a-kind talent while we’re still lucky enough to have him around.

Most Shared
Instagram / Jameela Jamil

Being a celebrity must suck, because you can't talk about personal decisions without everyone feeling they need to have their say. However, some celebrities just don't care what the haters think and are going to live their lives how they see fit. Nobody does it better than actress and activist Jameela Jamil.

Earlier this year, Jamil revealed she had an abortion seven years ago. "I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn't want, and wasn't ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel," she wrote on Twitter. Jamil decided to reveal her abortion after Georgia's controversial fetal heartbeat abortion law was passed.

RELATED: Jameela Jamil wants women to stop apologizing for 'being ambitious'

Now, Jamil says she's living her best life, because her decision was not a "mistake" – even if other people see it that way.

"Receiving THOUSANDS of messages about how I made a mistake having an abortion 7 years ago and how I must be a miserable person. I am in fact a happy, thriving multi millionaire, madly in love, with free time, good sleep and a wonderful career and life. But thanks for checking," the "Good Place" actress wrote on Twitter.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture
via @ResistMoveTRM / Twitter

The number of people dying from drug overdoses in the U.S. is staggering. In 2017, 70,237 people died from drug overdoses, 47,600 of those were from opioids.

According to the CDC, that number has increased over five times since 1999. Since 2011, an alarming number of opioid deaths have been caused by fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid.

Keep Reading Show less
Family

Image by Brent Connelly from Pixabay and sixthformpoet / Twitter

Twitter user Matt, who goes by the name @SixthFormPoet, shared a dark love story on Twitter that's been read by nearly 600,000 people. It starts in a graveyard and feels like it could be the premise for a Tim Burton film.

While it's hard to verify whether the story is true, Matt insists that it's real, so we'll believe him.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture