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Alex Trebek tells Rep John Lewis: 'Let's survive cancer in 2020'

por Noah Goodin (2020-04-05)

Alex Trebek has shared a message of support for Congressman John Lewis as both men battle pancreatic cancer.

page1-93px-The_%C4%8Cechs_%28Bohemians%2'We're starting a new year, and let's see if we can't both complete the year as pancreatic cancer survivors,' Trebek said when asked what he would tell Lewis during the taping of prime-time special Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time last month. The host noted that he and Lewis are the same age - 79.

The Georgia Democrat and veteran civil rights leader announced his diagnosis of advanced cancer in late December. In his announcement, Lewis made clear that he has no plans to step aside and said: 'I have a fighting chance.'

Trebek made his illness public last March, making a similar vow not to let the cancer slow him down. The host has been open about his progress and setbacks. 

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Alex Trebek shared a message of support for Rep John Lewis, who is also fighting pancreatic cancer, during the taping of prime-time special Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time. He told the Georgia Democrat: 'We're starting a new year, and let's see if we can't both complete the year as pancreatic cancer survivors.' Trebek is pictured in a 2017 file photo

Lewis (pictured) announced in late December that he is fighting pancreatic cancer 

The Jeopardy! host struck a resolute but realistic tone in discussing the disease, including the toll it took during the taping of the contest with top contestants Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, which begins airing Tuesday on ABC.

Trebek recalled mentioning to a series producer that he was 'struggling a bit' on stage, but was assured that nobody noticed.

'I said, "Well, I noticed,"' said the typically precise host, who has been part of Jeopardy! since 1984.

Trebek has had good days and bad while undergoing treatment, but his on-camera performance doesn't falter, said Jennings, who first competed on the show 15 years ago.

'The chemo is rough, but he can always just turn it on,' Jennings said. 

'The music came on, the lights came on, he would just stride out there and nail that show like nobody else. It was exciting to see him doing so well and taking that diagnosis so bravely. If you liked this post and you would certainly such as to get even more information relating to but also Your feet kindly visit our website. To me, he's the last of that kind of old-school broadcasters, and it's such a pleasure to watch.'





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Rutter, who first played on Jeopardy! nearly 20 years ago, said word of Trebek's illness hit him 'like a ton of bricks'.

He occasionally drops into the Los Angeles-area studio to watch tapings and marvels at the host's perseverance.

'Every time I go back, he's better than he was last time. Even with cancer, he's still held up to that standard, which is just absolutely amazing,' Rutter said.

Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time features top contestants (from left) James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter

Such praise and attention can make Trebek uncomfortable.

'I don't want to get too mushy. I got mushy when young Dhruv (contestant Dhruv Gaur) wrote his final Jeopardy! response, "We love you Alex!" That caught me by surprise, brought me to the edge of tears,' he said of the moment that aired during November's Tournament of Champions.