In March of 2019, Jeopardy! fans were hit with a crushing blow when news was released that the dear host, Alex Trebek, had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Since that admittance, fans have been on the edge of their seats for any and every update concerning his wellbeing.
The 78-year-old has been in surprisingly good spirits despite his diagnosis and has done his best to maintain as much positivity as possible during his treatments. He’s already vowed to keep his hosting gig going strong throughout it all because he truly does love his job and the audience who has diligently watched him for so many years.
At the beginning of May, he did, however, confess some heartbreaking struggles he’s endured to be as transparent as possible throughout it all. He told about how his emotions had gone terribly awry while undergoing treatment and he often felt extremely sad and depressed to the point where he could cry on the spot.
He now has made another confession to the public, causing everyone to band together even further to lift him in prayer. He shockingly confessed that during some of the tapings of Jeopardy! He had moments where he was “writhing on the floor in pain.”
“It got really bad. I was on the floor writhing in pain. It went from a 3 to an 11 and I just couldn’t believe [it]. I didn’t know what was happening. And it happened three or four times a day while we were taping. So that was a little - little rough on me,” he told.
“I taped the show and then I made it to the dressing room on one occasion, just barely, before I writhed in pain and cried in pain. And I had 15 minutes before the next show. So I got myself together and spasms of that kind usually last about 10 to 15 minutes. So all right, here we go again: ‘Anybody got any pain pills?’ And I don’t like taking pain pills, but I got through it.”
“And the producers were very kind. They said, ‘Look, if you don’t wanna do the show, we’ll just cancel taping.’ I said, ‘No. We’re here. We’re doing the show,” he said.
This is certainly painful to imagine and to read. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers during his heartbreaking struggle.