'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek may leave show over cancer battle

Alex Trebek hints his time as ‘Jeopardy!’ host could be nearing an end

Alex Trebek hints his time as ‘Jeopardy!’ host could be nearing an end

I know that. I'm not going to delude myself, so if it happens, it happens, and why should I be afraid of it? "They said, "Good, we're gonna stop chemo, we'll start you on immunotherapy" and I lost about 12 pounds in a week and my numbers went sky-high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed". "I hope you all enjoy the cruise, and that I will be able to join next year's event". "And I don't know if I was strong enough or intelligent enough to help alleviate that despair". "We'll play it by ear and keep chunking along until we either win or lose". "Nationalism has come to the forefront", Trebek said during the interview.

In the CTV interview, Trebek said he regrets being so public with his battle with cancer.

In September, Trebek told "Good Morning America" that he would be undergoing another round of chemotherapy after his numbers sky-rocketed right after finishing his first round of treatment for cancer.

The Mayo Clinic says pancreatic cancer generally "spreads rapidly to nearby organs".

Overall, regarding his health, Trebek told CTV: "I'm hanging in".

Alex has hosted the game show for 35 years and has been apart of more than 8,000 episodes.

"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 revealed at the time. While he'll continue to host as long as he can, he acknowledges the chemotherapy is already causing him to trip on his words due to the sores in his mouth from treatment. "Alex Trebek!' Ok, let's go".

The host says he'll likely exit the show if he gets to a point where he's particularly bothered by the influence of his health on his performance.

"I will keep doing [the show] as long as my skills do not diminish".

"I notice now, but I'm not as bothered by it, because all of the people around me are saying, 'no, it's OK, '" Trebek says.

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