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Alex Trebek Confirms He Will Return For 36th Season Of 'Jeopardy'

Production of Jeopardy is going on summer hiatus, but host Alex Trebek, who has been publicly facing stage four pancreatic cancer since March, has stated that he intends to return for the show’s 36th season.

Before leaving set for the summer, Trebek once again got in front of the camera with another candid video about his health –– Trebek began with a joke, “... at the beginning of this season, I promised you that we had some surprises in store for you. Well, of course, I had no idea at that time that there were surprises in store for me as well.”

Trebek continued, "despite what you may have heard, I'm feeling good, I'm continuing with my therapy and we...[are] already working on our next season, the 36th year of Jeopardy."

The video concludes with a promise from Trebek that he has “Good stuff…” for Jeopardys upcoming season.

Twitter replies are filled with fans thankful for his good health. Before watching, many users were worried the video was going to be Trebek’s farewell.

According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer has a 9 percent survival rate.

When his illness was first announced in March, fans responded on social media with an outpour of affection for the host. Many stated that Trebek was an American icon who they couldn’t bear to see go. Former Jeopardy champion, Ken Jennings even wrote a touching New York Times piece on his relationship with Trebek. Jennings spoke lovingly of Trebek’s attitude saying,“ ..when the cameras stop rolling, Alex is a looser, even goofy presence."

In the most recent video update, Trebek thanked all the “young people” for their incredible support.

Trebek, 78, has hosted the legendary game show since 1984. Before the cancer announcement, his contract had been renewed until 2022. Although he had begun thinking about who might succeed him, suggesting either attorney Laura Coates or Los Angeles Kings announcer Alex Faust.

In the most recent episodes of Jeopardy, new contestant and professional gambler James Holzhauer, has been shattering single day records and is on an incredible win streak. He’s currently only second to Jennings, the show's all-time winner.

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