Alex Trebek on Fan Reaction: 'I'm a Lucky Guy'

'Jeopardy!' host offers thanks in video after revealing his cancer
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2019 10:10 AM CDT
Alex Trebek Thanks Fans for Huge Outpouring
Moderator Alex Trebek speaks during a gubernatorial debate between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner in Hershey, Pa., on Oct. 1, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Alex Trebek's recent sad news that he has late-stage pancreatic cancer has prompted a somewhat more uplifting development: all of his fans letting him know that they're pulling for him. In a short video posted Thursday to the official Jeopardy! Twitter account, accompanied by the caption "thank you," the show's host expressed his gratitude for all of the support, ET Online reports. Trebek said "hundreds of thousands of people"—and even Watson, the IBM computer that once competed on Jeopardy!—have reached out to him online, via email, and through snail mail.

And if you're one of those who sent Trebek a message, he's either seen it or will soon. "I do read everything I receive," the 78-year-old notes. "I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers, and the advice you have offered." He says he's been "extremely touched" by it all, adding, "I'm a lucky guy." His rep confirms to Fox News he's returned to work. (Read more Alex Trebek stories.)

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