This week, legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was interviewed alongside his wife Jean about his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
As Trebek explains, the diagnosis has changed his perspective on life. He told Good Morning America, “Most of us have open-ended lives, we don’t know when we’re going to die. 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.”
Though he said he’s not sure yet when his final episode of Jeopardy! will be, he did reveal what he has planned. After the game concludes, Trebek will ask producers for just 30 seconds to address fans.
“It’ll be a significant moment but I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already,” he said. “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.”
Then Trebek said he will deliver his final words as host of the show, “Until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”