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Trebek says he's 'doing well,' looks forward to taping new Jeopardy! episodes

Alex Trebek says in a video statement he's "feeling great" and is looking forward to the day he can safely return to the studio to shoot new Jeopardy! episodes. The statement comes just before the Sudbury native turns 80 and releases his memoir next week.

Game show host says in video update that treatment for cancer "is paying off," memoir comes out Tuesday

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek says says his treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer "is paying off," but is tiring. His memoir is set to come out July 21, the day before his 80th birthday. (Jeopardy!/The Canadian Press)

Alex Trebek says he's "feeling great" and is looking forward to the day he can safely return to the studio to shoot new Jeopardy! episodes.

The native of Sudbury, Ontario, says his treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer "is paying off," but is tiring.

The game show host provided the health update Thursday in a video posted to the show's website and social media accounts, revealing a new goatee.

Trebek says he's been working from home, where he is recording show openings for vintage Jeopardy!  episodes that will air later this month.

He's also been working on his memoir, The Answer Is ... Reflections on My Life.

The book hits shelves Tuesday, the day before Trebek's 80th birthday.

Trebek announced he had been diagnosed with cancer in March of last year.

"I'm doing well," Trebek says in his latest video.

He adds he's been continuing his treatment and it's paying off, though it does fatigue him a great deal.

Trebek says Jeopardy  is preparing to air favourite past episodes, including the very first show he ever hosted, "moustache and all."

WATCH | Alex Trebek on dealing with his cancer: 

Alex Trebek on his fight against cancer | The National Interview

3 years ago
Duration 11:00
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek talks about his cancer diagnosis, why he never calls in sick to work and being an optimistic voice for other cancer patients.

Trebek has previously acknowledged a difficult journey in his cancer treatment.

Earlier this year, he admitted to "sudden massive attacks of great depression" that made him "wonder if it really was worth fighting."

But he credited his wife and "soulmate" Jean with helping him persevere.

In his latest update, Trebek expressed eagerness to get back to work.

"I can't wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season in September."

Trebek says meanwhile — "my wish for all of you — stay safe."

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