Alex Trebek Says His "Jeopardy!" Retirement Isn't Imminent Despite His Illness

January 9, 2020

Alex Trebek revealed recently that he knows what he's going to say to the audience during the last 30 seconds of his final "Jeopardy!" episode, but said Wednesday, “I don’t foresee that 30-second moment coming up in the near future.” Trebek made the comments while promoting the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament that is being telecast this week on ABC primetime, featuring the show's best-ever contestants Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer. “As long as I feel my skills have not diminished too much, and as long as I’m enjoying spending time with bright people like these three (contestants) ... then I’ll continue doing it.” Trebek also updated fans on his health status, and said he’s between progress reports. “They’ve taken me off one of my chemo drugs, which was killing me,” he said, adding that he’s having tests done Thursday and “then maybe another week or so before I find out where things stand.” The host did critique his own performance, saying he's a little slower "in the ad-lib portions" than he'd like to be, an assessment not shared by Rutter. “He’s absolutely the best who’s ever done it. He’s very modest." Trebek was asked what he’ll do when he does retire. “Drink,” he joked. “No,” he added. “I’ll work around the house.”