Alex Trebek returns to 'Jeopardy!' after completing chemotherapy
Alex Trebek will return to host the hit game show 'Jeopardy!' after going through chemotherapy to treat his pancreatic cancer.
Trebek, who has hosted the popular quiz show since its reboot way back in 1984, first announced his cancer diagnosis last year, in a video recorded on the set of the trivia competition show. In the clip in question, Trebek vowed to beat the low survival rate statistics for the disease, and to return as host as soon as he was well enough to do so.
Check out the announcement video below:
In the footage announcing Trebek's return, he can be seen laughing and joking with the various contestants; even joking that he wants Betty White to play him in a biopic movie.
He later states: "I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over. I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now ... We have some exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share them with you all. Let me tell you, it’s gonna be a good year."
Jeopardy! was first created by Merv Griffin in 1963 when his wife, Julann, suggested an inversion of the usual trivia format: namely, a show where the contestants have the answers and the host provides the questions. Merv pitched it to NBC as What's the Question? But when the executives told him that the game needed "more jeopardies", he changed the name.
The show debuted on NBC in 1964 with Art Fleming as host and Don Pardo as the announcer. It ran until January 1975 before being cancelled. However, it returned to our television screens nine years later with Trebek as host, and has proven to more popular than ever - and is now about to air its 36th season.
Welcome back Alex, TV hasn't been the same without you!