Alex Trebek gives extended health update in Good Morning America interview
Less than one week after sharing a Youtube video about his health and how he spent his quarantine, longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek expanded on his cancer treatment and upcoming memoir in an interview with Good Morning America.
In the interview, which aired on ABC Monday morning, Trebek acknowledged there have been some incredibly difficult days in his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“There was one day a few weeks ago when (wife) Jeanie asked me in the morning, ‘How do you feel?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I wanna die.’ It was that bad,” he said. “I apologize to her and explain that it has nothing to do with my love for her or my feelings for her. It just has to do with the fact that I feel like I’m a terrible burden to her. And that bothers me tremendously.”
Trebek is now undergoing experimental immunotherapy treatment and he said it has him heading in the right direction. The treatment is the same one used by former Sen. Harry Reid, who’s stage 4 pancreatic cancer is now in remission.
“My doctor has told me that he is counting on me celebrating two years of survivorship past the diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. And that two years happens in February,” Trebek said. “So I expect to be around ‘cause he said I will be around. And I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”
Trebek said his commitment to still hosting Jeopardy! along with the support of his wife have kept him going at this most difficult moments.
In the interview, Trebek also talked about his upcoming memoir, which is titled The Answer Is….Reflections on My Life.