Canadians don’t give up. And nor does Alex Trebek. The Jeopardy star and cultural icon Alex Trebek was sadly diagnosed with cancer in 2019. This came as a shock to many people; it is not often we see someone who is so incredibly famous and universally loved come out and speak about such things. Alex was incredibly open about both his cancer, its treatment, and even his depression surrounding it. Having cancer is horrific enough without having to be in the public spotlight. Alex handled it incredibly well, better than perhaps could even be expected from the TV show host. This short article is going to not only explain who Alex Trebek is and why he is so important to Canadians but how his treatment is going.
Who is Alex Trebek?
Alex Trebek is the host of America’s most popular quiz show, Jeopardy. He is a dual citizen of both the United States and Canada, beloved by both countries and the world as a whole. He has been the host of the quiz show Jeopardy for over 35 years now, touching the lives of 3 generations of people. It is rare for a show to be as popular and long-lived as Jeopardy. No one would argue that a significant reason for its success is Alex Trebek himself. As Alex Trebek may have aged (now 79 years old) but his enthusiasm and kindness have never faltered. Sadly, as many older people do, Alex Trebek was diagnosed with cancer. Alex was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the beginning of 2019, eventually coming out to the public with his diagnosis and his apology for finally stepping down from being the host of Jeopardy. No one could blame Alex; after all, he gave 35 years to the show, and cancer is no joke. The world has rallied behind Trebek; everyone is praying for his swift recovery.
What is Jeopardy?
Jeopardy is an American quiz show that has managed to maintain its popularity since its revival in 1984. The show is equally popular due to Alex Trebek’s good nature and enthusiasm for the show, and its exciting twist. Unlike regular quiz shows, where the contestants are asked questions, in Jeopardy, the contestants give the questions. Alex will provide an answer to the contestants; they then have to guess the question. This switch up from ordinary quiz shows is why Jeopardy is such the cultural icon that it is. Not just to Americans and Canadians, but the world as a whole.