Happy birthday, Alex! 'Jeopardy!' legend celebrates 80th birthday

"You really know how to make a guy feel special," the longtime game show host said in a Twitter video.


Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is celebrating a milestone birthday today. The Emmy Award winning TV legend is officially an octogenarian.

The show's Twitter account posted a video Wednesday of past "Jeopardy!" contestants wishing Trebek a very happy birthday. The video also included a thank you from the host himself.

"You really know how to make a guy feel special," he said.

The beloved host's birthday comes just days after he provided fans with an update on both his health and the show. And like many other men during the pandemic, he appears to have grown out his beard.

"I'm doing well," Trebek said in a video posted to the show's official Twitter account. "I've been continuing my treatment and it is paying off though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good. I'm feeling great."

Trebek's latest update is a welcome sign for his fans who worried about his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He revealed back in March that he beat the 18% one-year survival rate, but admitted that he'd be "lying if I said the journey had been an easy one."

"There were some good days but a lot of not-so-good days," Trebek said at the time. "I joked with friends that the cancer won't kill me, the chemo treatments will."

"There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on," he added.

In last Thursday's update, Trebek also kept "Jeopardy!" fans in the know about some "very special 'Jeopardy!' episodes that will be coming up in July."

"For the first time ever, we are going to open the 'Jeopardy!' vaults and take another look at some of our favorite episodes, including the very first 'Jeopardy!' show I ever hosted, mustache and all," he said.