Jeopardy! lovers, don’t panic just yet. Alex Trebek isn’t leaving. The television host has already thought about what he will do for his final episode.
The Jeopardy! host revealed he has a script in his head of what he will tell audience members and fans of the show.
In an ABC interview with Michael Strahan, Trebek said he will request the director to leave him 30 seconds at the end of the show.
“I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me... then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success,''' he said. "And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”
Trebek has hosted the popular trivia game show since 1984. Back in March, the host announced tragic news that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
While telling fans the news, he added that he will continue to work and “fight this.” In a video he released, he said the following:
"Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it's in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information."
"Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer."
"Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working. And 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."
"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'll win. We'll get it done. Thank you."
Trebek stated that there is no final show date yet set, and he will continue doing what he loves.
The host and his wife Jean sat down for an interview to promote a special tournament of former champs that will be airing on ABC. The tournament will feature three of the show’s best contestants: James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.
The tournament starts airing on January 7 on ABC.