Picture this: It's 7:30 p.m. on a weeknight. Your mom just made your favorite dinner, and you're sitting in front of the TV with the remote in your hands and a grin on your face. You change the channel to NBC, and all of a sudden, you hear it. The Jeopardy theme song, one of the most familiar jingles in pop culture. Alex Trek welcomes the players and the returning champion, and you get ready to start shouting out the answers to the questions you know. Seems like a typical nerdy weeknight, but this may soon change for many families across the nation.
On March 6, 2019, Alex Trek announced that he has stage four pancreatic cancer, the same illness that claimed the lives of countless people, including Steve Jobs and Aretha Franklin. In his YouTube video, Alex stated that he'll continue working on the show. Now, I'm certainly not saying that Alex can't fight it. I certainly hope he will. He has my full support. However, we can't fool ourselves. Pancreatic cancer has a five year survival rate of seven percent, so unfortunately his chances aren't very good. Though he isn't retiring yet, this fact still forces us to face the harsh reality that Jeopardy will not have Alex Trebek.
Jeopardy won't be Jeopardy without Alex. He's a national treasure (yes I know he's Canadian; it still counts) and a fixture of pop culture. He's a nostalgia icon; his image, personality and charm have spanned generations. He brings families together and is the literal face of Jeopardy. There simply isn't anyone that could replace him.
To Alex: on behalf of all Jeopardy fans, we love and support you. We are all confident that you have what it takes to beat this horrendous illness, and we can't wait to see you every night at 7:30 p.m. for many more days to come.
Please consider donating to the American Cancer Society to help others like Alex.