“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek expressed his gratitude for the multitudes of fans who shared their support after he announced he’s battling stage IV pancreatic cancer.
Trebek, 78, addressed his many supporters in a video shared to his game show’s Twitter page, saying, “I’m a lucky guy.”
“I just want to take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement,” Trebek said in the nearly minute-long clip Thursday.
He said he’s grateful for all of the “kinds words, the prayers and the advice” he’s received from fans and former contestants since sharing his diagnosis a little over a week ago.
“I am extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me,” he said.
The beloved longtime host opened up about his diagnosis for the first time in a video shared on March 6, acknowledging to fans that normally the prognosis for the disease is “not very encouraging” but told he will fight the disease and continue working.
“With the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” Trebek said during that initial announcement.