Back in March, Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!, posted a video online revealing he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Though the prognosis was a dire one, Trebek delivered the news with confidence and humor, reminding people everywhere of exactly why he's such a beloved figure in the American media landscape.
On the final day of filming Jeopardy's 35th season, Trebek gave fans an update on his condition.
That’s a wrap! https://t.co/iV0Of8xCEj— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!) 1555530917.0
@Jeopardy Thought it was goodbye https://t.co/4h02X0vbfo— Bryan DeGruy (@Bryan DeGruy) 1555531309.0
Trebek spoke about how touched he was by fans reaching out to him with support:
"Some of you may recall that at the beginning of this season, I promised you that we had some surprises for you. Well, of course, I had no idea at that time that there were some surprises in store for me as well."
"So here, on the last day of taping for our 35th anniversary season, I wanted once again to thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support, particularly the many cards I've received from young people. I'm touched beyond words."
@Jeopardy protect this man at all costs— kbh (@kbh) 1555531257.0
The host told fans he intended to return, as planned, in September for Jeopardy's 36th season.
"I've always tried to be straight with you and I'm not going to stop now, so despite what you may have heard, I'm feeling good, I'm continuing with my therapy and we, by we, the staff, is already working on our next season, the 36th year of 'Jeopardy!'"
@Jeopardy Alex is the definition of class! Prayers for a full recover!— John DeStefano (@John DeStefano) 1555535891.0
Back in March, the longtime fixture of network TV comforted fans with a joke after informing them of his diagnosis:
"Truth told, I have to because under the terms of my contract, I have to host 'Jeopardy!' for three more years, so help me. Keep the faith and we will win. We will get it done."
@Jeopardy @LincolnOttersb1 Alex right now https://t.co/2o7NHs8FHm— Kirky Turkey (@Kirky Turkey) 1555557241.0
Fans were offering Trebek their full and unconditional support:
@Jeopardy Alex, it has been a great season and I hope you can enjoy your summer despite your therapies....😉 Can't… https://t.co/wXZ3tZmVUS— Danean (@Danean) 1555531124.0
@Jeopardy @_bawbfromonline Kick cancer right in its Daily Doubles, Alex!!!!— BoBias Industries (@BoBias Industries) 1555532053.0
@Jeopardy You’re the BEST Alex!— Josh Macuga (@Josh Macuga) 1555533573.0
Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy! longer than many of his fans have been alive.
@Jeopardy Being an immigrant in the 80s, it was great watching your show with my family and learning all sorts of t… https://t.co/1VgJnTWQFD— TheTaoOfOat (@TheTaoOfOat) 1555532891.0
@Jeopardy You are a national treasure. Thank you for your perseverance, but don’t think you can’t stop if you ever… https://t.co/SSkSC5J323— BvB (@BvB) 1555535258.0
@Jeopardy You are a legend alex. Glad you know that you aren’t alone in this fight— Connor Anderson (@Connor Anderson) 1555531108.0
It's not Jeopardy! without Alex Trebek.
@Jeopardy Thank you for 35 great years and I am looking forward to more “good stuff” with Alex Trebek and @Jeopardy… https://t.co/NDo3x06MaG— Andrew Paino (@Andrew Paino) 1555532094.0
@Jeopardy Keep fighting the good fight!— David Andreas (@David Andreas) 1555553662.0
Of course, some Twitter users wished the show would change the caption on their tweet!
@Jeopardy You terrified me with the title! We love you Alex, no matter what you are loved!— Courtney (@Courtney) 1555569922.0
@Jeopardy Holy hell y’all scared me with the comment on this I thought this was his goodbye video— Sean Schollaert (@Sean Schollaert) 1555531135.0
@Jeopardy Don't do that man. Change the caption or something. I thought y'all were announcing he died man. Don't do that!— Tasha (@Tasha) 1555531384.0
Trebek left fans on a hopeful note as he said goodbye for the next few months:
"I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff."