"Jeopardy" had just celebrated its 35th anniversary with an all-star team tournament this week when host Alex Trebek announced that he's suffering from Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Trebek made the announcement in a a brief video that displayed the suave voice, subtle humor and calm presence that fans revere.
One of TV's beloved American Dads, the debonair Canadian native has hosted the show since its revival in 1984. Acknowledging the low survival rate for his form of the disease, Trebek vowed to keep hosting the syndicated show, quipping that he has three years remaining on his contract.
Like Johnny Carson and Walter Cronkite, Trebek is a TV institution whom fans believed would go on forever. A few months ago, Trebek stoked his viewers' anxieties by raising the possibility of retirement.
Now, Trebek hopes to continue his grueling schedule of taping five shows a day while receiving cancer treatment. While he faces tough odds, his fans won't bet against him.