Alex Trebek says cancer may mean end of time at 'Jeopardy!'

Alex Trebek says cancer may mean end of time at 'Jeopardy!'

Alex Trebek says cancer may mean end of time at 'Jeopardy!'

The 79-year-old, who has hosted the show for 36 seasons totaling almost 8,000 episodes, told CTV his skills "have started to diminish". So, I've lived a good life, a full life, and I'm nearing the end of that life.

A side effect of the treatment is that he now sometimes slurs his words due to sores in his mouth.

"It makes it hard for me to speak and enunciate properly, '" he says.

In a remarkably candid interview with Canadian news show W5, Trebek (who is himself Canadian) says he will continue hosting Jeopardy!

"There's a little too much Alex Trebek out there", the notoriously humble host told CTV News' Lisa LaFlamme on the challenges he's experienced since going public with his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Elsewhere in the interview, Trebek speaks with equal frankness about the looming possibility of his death, saying he is "not afraid of dying". Last month, for example, Turner Classic Movies confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Trebek would not be setting sail, as he usually does, on its annual TCM Classic Cruise, which this year begins October 22. Cold sores caused by the chemotherapy, he said, makes it hard for him to speak and enunciate properly.

"I don't know if I was strong enough or intelligent enough to help alleviate that despair", he revealed.

"I will keep doing [the show] as long as my skills do not diminish". "But there will come a point when they will no longer able to say, 'It's okay'".

"It just kicked the slats out from under me, and I lost a lot of weight", Trebek said.

In September, Trebek told "Good Morning America" that he would be undergoing another round of chemotherapy after his numbers sky-rocketed right after finishing his first round of treatment for cancer. "I was doing so well and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer, so we were all very optimistic", he recalled to GMA. "I'm 79 years old".

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