In 1984, the TV personality, now 79, was offered the role of host of what is now one of the most popular game shows ever — and the rest is history. However, this wasn’t his first stroll down hosting road. Before waiting on hearing the answer in question form from his contestants, Alex hosted The Wizard of Odds in 1973. A year later, Alex will then be behind the podium for another game show: High Rollers. But that wasn’t it!
The game show legend continued his hosting duties with a short stint for Double Dare (no, not the Nickelodeon version), and then he hosted Pitfall. He would be at the helm for various other programs before landing the job that would make him a household name. Prior to Alex becoming host of Jeopardy!, Art Fleming was the original face of the iconic show.
35 years later and Alex is still seen everyday on the small screen, and we can expect him to continue to see him at least through 2022 — as in 2018 he signed a new contract to stay on as host, according to Deadline. After more than three decades, we have welcomed Alex into our homes and he has been quite open about his life — including continuing to keep us updated during his fight with pancreatic cancer.
“I wished I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced before my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer,” the Alex recently said in a PSA to raise awareness for the disease. “Other common symptoms can include mid back pain, unexplained weight loss, new onset diabetes and the yellowing of the skin or eyes.” Alex goes on to encourage people to get checked out more often.
“Together, we can get it done,” he added. Alex’s longtime friend, Dr. Oz, also talked on his battle.
“He’s struggling with the different forms of chemotherapy that are being offered to him but I told him, and I do believe this, he’s soulful man who’s always been optimistic about life — keep his confidence,” Dr. Oz exclusively told Closer Weekly. “The longer he stays alive, the better able we are to catch up to his pancreatic cancer.”
We will continue to root for Alex through it all — and we hope to see him on Jeopardy! for years to come.