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Alex Trebek Reveals He Has Been Diagnosed With Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

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On Wednesday, in heartbreaking news, 2011 Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Alex Trebek announced  he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The Jeopardy! host chose to go public with his diagnosis so he could accurately deliver his health situation to millions of viewers who have watched him host the game show for years.

“Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Trebek said in his video message.

Alex remained optimistic in his battle ahead, even though most do not survive this disease, expressing: “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.”

Because Trebek has three more years on his contract with the game show through the 2021-22 season, he remarked how he has to live and beat cancer: “Truth told, I have to because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me!”

The renowned Jeopardy! host has appeared in over 7,000 episodes of the series, and won five Daytime Emmys as Outstanding Game Show Host along the way.  In its 35th season, Jeopardy remains one of the most popular shows in syndication, averaging  more than 10 million daily viewers.

Watch Alex’s message on his pancreatic cancer diagnosis below.  Then share your thoughts and well-wishes for Trebek via the comment section below.

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Very shocking news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong, Alex!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will beat this.

Timmm
Timmm

What a shame. Alex, such a wonderful, kind man! Unlike the scum that preys on children like R. Kelly and the “King of Puke!” Prayers Mr. Trebek!

Kay
Kay

The sad thing is most of the time they have no symptoms until it is to late! A complete body scan every year would have caught it we have them . Timm i think i know who you are talking about on the king yes i think it happened but shame on the parents they sold their soul . When are they held accoutable also???

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Kay. You see this a lot with theses dance shows and these beauty pageants, usually mothers, live through their young daughters to get what they wanted and never had or had and want to relive!

Shay
Shay

Absolutely,Timmm….Mr. Trebek is a true gentleman, consummate professional and last, but not least, a great American…even though he was actually born in Canada! Best wishes to him during this difficult time.

Gloria Worthey
Gloria Worthey

Tears came to my eyes immediately when I heard this! I had just seen a biography of him & thought how young & healthy he looked. I am just sick about this. Pray, pray that he can overcome the odds & have at least a few more years. He is an American institution!

Celia
Celia

Blessings, Alex–breaks my heart! Hang in there. The Lord does work in mysterious ways…..Prayers–……In excelsis Deo❤️

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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47th Annual Daytime Emmy Ceremonies Canceled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

There won’t be any “And the Enmy goes to _” come this June, where NATAS had originally scheduled three nights of award presentations honoring the best in daytime programming at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmys.   The three-day event was slated for June 12-14th, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. California.  Deadline broke the story of the decision to postpone daytime’s biggest night, for now.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision: “These were extremely difficult decisions to make, but at the end of the day the health and safety of our event attendees and staff must remain our paramount concern,” NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision. “We are closely monitoring public heath authorities’ guidance, seeking feedback from our awards communities, and evaluating the flexibility of our venue and production partners as we plan for the future in this unprecedented context.”

 NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly said on the change” “Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June.  As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time.”

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Daytime Emmy Awards executive director Brent Stanton, who is involved in the judging of the competition that was well-under way before the cancellation, shared “Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead.”

So, what do you think of the cancellation of the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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General Hospital Officially Shuts Down Production Temporarily Due To Coronavirus

GH is the first soap to suspend production due to safety precautions and concerns for the Coronavirus pandemic and is set to shut down from March 16 to April 10.

According to Deadline who announced the production suspension along with halt to Jimmy Kimmel Live, a network rep for GH stated: “We don’t anticipate an interruption in the broadcast of original episodes.”

We anticipate more official word from the other network soaps shortly as to their plans during the health crisis with production halts or schedules over the next month.

Let us know what you think of GH shutting down production at this time and if you hope all the other soaps follow suit for the safety of all their production talents and employees via the comment section below.

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