Fans of “Jeopardy!” can breathe a sigh of relief today.
Alex Trebek released a video announcement today with an update on his fight against Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The beloved game show host, who made his illness public over a year ago, said he’s also looking forward to his upcoming book launch.
“I’m doing well. I’ve been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, although it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good. I’m feeling great,” he says in the clip, while sporting an uncharacteristic beard for the usually clean-cut broadcaster.
He also reassures anxious viewers that while production of his show remains halted due to coronavirus pandemic safety precautions, he has been “recording show openings for some very special ‘Jeopardy!’ episodes that will be coming out in July.” The show’s final original episode, which was filmed prior to the COVID-19 crisis, aired on June 12.
“For the first time ever, we are going to open the ‘Jeopardy!’ vault and take another look at some of our favorite episodes, including the very first ‘Jeopardy!’ show I ever hosted,” he explains in the clip.
His first memoir, called “The Answer Is . . . : Reflections on My Life” (Simon & Schuster), promises to reveal never-before-heard stories from television’s pre-eminent trivia master. Due out July 21, the release of the $25 tome will coincide with the game show legend’s 80th birthday on July 22.
“I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” Trebek wrote in the book, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
More on the upcoming “Jeopardy!” schedule:
July 20 to 24: “The Best of Jeopardy!‘s First Decade” will feature best-of episodes from the 1980s, including the series premiere, as well as the first record-setting “super champion.”
July 27 to 31: “The Best of Celebrity Jeopardy!” will showcase five of the most entertaining, star-studded episodes from actors, musicians and other public figures — all of whom have raised a collective $9 million for charity over the years.
Aug. 3 to 7 and Aug. 10 to 14: The encore presentation of the “Million Dollar Masters” (2002) contest includes 15 of the most winningest contestants from the first 18 seasons of the show, who came together for a two-week tournament at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.