Alex Trebek, the longtime host of 'Jeopardy!', announced on Wednesday afternoon that he was diagnosed this week with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  (He's been hosting the quiz show since 1984.)

Trebek shared the message on a video posted to the 'Jeopardy!' YouTube page.  He says “like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.”

He plans to keep working and says he plans to beat the low survival rate of the disease.  He also makes a joke that he has to beat cancer because he still has a contract for the next three years.

See his message below:

Here's a transcript of his message (thanks to Fox 17)

“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.”