Since legendary game show host Alex Trebek announced in March that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, rumors have been circulating that the 79-year-old will make a retirement announcement in the near future. But one of Trebek’s colleagues said he had no plans to retire, although he had to undergo a second cycle of chemotherapy in September.
“He has no plans to resign and is not announcing his retirement (anytime soon),” the colleague told People Magazine.
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In October, Trebek said he was unsure how long he would be hosting Jeopardy because of the side effects of his treatment. He said they would “play by ear” and “keep going” until they win or lose.
In recent weeks, Trebek has been spotted in Los Angeles and he appears to be fit and healthy. He even hosted his team’s annual vacation party on December 20 at Feinstein’s in Vitellos in Los Angeles, and surprised his guests by booking American singer Pie Don McLean to perform at the event. Trebek told the crowd that McLean’s performance was “a real treat” and that he could officially remove it from his bucket list.
Trebek and his wife Jean Currivan Trebek also met Michael Strahan for an interview to be aired on January 2, and Trebek admitted to Strahan that he has been battling depression since he was diagnosed.
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“It is always difficult for caregivers because she has to face her concern for my well-being and also for … I am not always the most pleasant person to be around when I feel severe pain or depression, and she must be walking lightly around me, “said Alex.
For Jean – who has been married to Alex for 29 years and shares two children with him – the hardest part of her husband’s battle with cancer is watching him suffer, but she can’t help him.
Alex and Jean Trebek’s interview with Michael Strahan will be broadcast during an ABC special on January 2. Trebek is also hosting the ABC Prime time Jeopardy “Greatest of All Time” tournament with competitors Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, starting January 7.