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Jeopardy host Alex Trebek publishing memoir in July 2020

The Answer Is... will combine personal anecdotes and Trebek’s ideas on a variety of topics, including marriage, parenthood, spirituality and philanthropy.
"Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" will tape without live audiences at their studio in Culver City, California, in response to the ongoing virus outbreak. (Ben Hider/Getty Images)

Alex Trebek is publishing a memoir entitled The Answer Is…, set for release on July 21, 2020 — one day ahead of his 80th birthday.

Born in Sudbury, Ont., the Canadian-American star has been entertaining millions of television viewers five nights a week, since debuting as the host of quiz show Jeopardy! in 1984.

The book will combine personal anecdotes and Trebek's ideas on a variety of topics, including marriage, parenthood, spirituality and philanthropy. He will also answer popular questions asked by Jeopardy! fans, such as why he shaved his signature mustache, and share his insights on legendary players like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer and his opinion of Will Ferrell's Saturday Night Live impersonation.

In 2019, Trebek announced that he had stage four pancreatic cancer. His admission was met with an outpouring of support.

According to a release by Simon & Schuster, Trebek had rejected numerous appeals over the past three decades to write a book about his life, but was moved by the goodwill he witnessed and felt compelled to finally share his story.

"I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year," he writes in The Answer Is…

In a nod to Jeopardy!, each chapter title will be in the form of a question. The book will also feature dozens of never-before-seen photos of Trebek over the years.

Trebek is currently in his 36th season as Jeopardy! Host. In March, he shared a one-year update since his diagnosis via Twitter.

"Today, when there is so much uncertainty and turmoil in the world, Alex Trebek is a beacon of stability and positivity," said Sean Manning, executive editor at Simon & Schuster.

The longtime Jeopardy host talks to CBC News about receiving one of Canada's highest civilian honours, going home to Sudbury, Ont., and discovering a crack in his Walk of Fame star 9:24

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