“It’ll be a significant moment for me,” he said in an interview with ABC News. “But I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and what I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want.’ And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me...then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”
In the wide-ranging interview, Trebek also said that throughout his almost yearlong battle with Pancreatic Cancer had come to terms that he may not have much time left to live and he's willing to try any sort of new treatment because he has nothing to lose.
“Because of the cancer diagnosis, it’s no longer an open-ended life, it’s a closed-ended life because of the terrible...survival rates of pancreatic cancer. Because of that, and something else that is operating here, people all over America and abroad have decided they want to let me know now, while I’m alive, about the impact that I’ve been having on their existence," he said.
In the meantime, Trebek is still hard at work hosting episodes and remodeling a portion of his home. He's investing as much time as possible into his construction hobby.