“Hi everyone, I just wanna take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement,” he explained in a short video posted on the Jeopardy! Twitter account. “I’ve heard from former contestants. Even Watson, the IBM computer, sent me a get well card.”
“Now, obviously I won’t be able to respond to all of you individually but I did want you to know that I do read everything I receive,” Trebek continued. “And I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers and the advice you have offered and I am extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me. I’m a lucky guy.”
According to People, Tuesday was the 78-year-old game show host’s first day back since announcing his cancer diagnosis last week, when he broke the news in another clip.
“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you,” he explained. “And it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fanbase. 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,” he added. “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.”
He concluded: “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.”
"I sent him a message saying, 'I know you can get through this,' and, 'Don't listen to stage four and all of [that],'" Olivia Newton-John told ET on Monday. "'Don't read the statistics and stay focused and see how you can heal yourself.'"
"That helps. Sense of humor is vital," she added. "He has a great attitude and a great sense of humor about it and I'm sure he'll do very well."
Jeopardy!'s Twitter account has since offered a thank you for all the kind words on Trebek's behalf, writing, "The outpouring of good wishes and support in response to Alex’s recent health news has been humbling and overwhelming. Please know that your messages are being conveyed to him and are deeply appreciated. From everyone at Jeopardy! – thank you."
The outpouring of good wishes and support in response to Alex’s recent health news has been humbling and overwhelming. Please know that your messages are being conveyed to him and are deeply appreciated. From everyone at Jeopardy! – thank you.
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By Scott Baumgartner, Entertainment Tonight Cardi B is heading to the big screen! On Tuesday, STX Entertainment announced that the “Be Careful” rapper will have a role in the upcoming feature film Hustlers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is an adaptation of the New York Magazine article "Hustlers at Scores," which tells the story of a group of strippers in New York who devised a plan to steal thousands from their wealthy Wall Street clientele. But Cardi is hardly the...
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By Philiana Ng, Entertainment TonightClick here to watch video. Have a drink with your new pals from NBC's bar comedy, Abby's. Filmed outdoors in front of a live studio audience, Abby's centers on an unlicensed San Diego backyard bar run by Abby (Parks and Recreation's Natalie Morales) where locals congregate to find camaraderie and sanctuary. But at Abby's, patrons must abide by a specific set of rules: No cell phones are allowed. Earning a seat at the bar takes time to rise through...
Have a drink with your new pals from NBC's bar comedy, Abby's.
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Carrie Underwood is getting candid about "bouncing back" after giving birth to her second child, Jacob.
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By Jennifer Drysdale, Entertainment Tonight "I just need to go back to my own self for a minute," Patricia Arquette jokes, leaning over the side of a low-set leather couch at a hotel bar in Pasadena, California, in early February. The 50-year-old actress is promoting her new true-crime anthology series, Hulu's The Act, just two days after filming on the eight-episode series wrapped in Georgia. Arquette plays Dee Dee Blanchard in the drama series, a woman with Munchausen syndrome by ...
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