'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Finished Chemotherapy and Is Back To Work

Alex Trebek is back at work taping the new season of Jeopardy! five months after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

In a new video released Thursday, Trebek said his chemotherapy treatments are "over" and he's "on the mend."

"Let me tell you, it's going to be a good year," Trebek said in the video.

A spokeswoman for the show confirmed that production of season 36 is now underway, according to CNN. The new episodes are slated to begin airing on local TV stations on September 9.

The video was apparently taped on July 22, Trebek's 79th birthday, because while he's talking to the audience, a cake is brought out and the audience sings "Happy Birthday" to the game show host.

Trebek initially announced his cancer diagnosis in a video message in March.

"I'm going to fight this," he said back in March. "And I'm going to keep working, 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."

He continued to tape episodes for season 35 last year, featuring James Holzhauer's winning streak, while undergoing treatment in the spring. At the time, he quipped that "I have to" beat the disease "because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years."

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Alex Trebek speaks during a rehearsal before a taping of Jeopardy! Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

"We have some exciting things coming up [this season] and I can't wait to share them with all of you," he said in the video posted on Thursday.

Trebek told People magazine in May that some of his tumors had "shrunk by almost 50 percent" and that he was "near remission."

Calling the response to his illness "mind-boggling," he credited his fans for their unending support.

"I've got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers," he says. "I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this."

Although the cancer has a 9 percent survival rate, according to the American Cancer Society, Trebek told People he has been responding well to chemotherapy. "The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory...some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent."

About 56,770 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and about 45,750 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

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