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Alex Trebek is taking a moment to show his gratitude for the flood of support he has received since revealing that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “Hi everyone, I just wanna take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets,…

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Alex Trebek is taking a moment to show his gratitude for the flood of support he has received since revealing that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“Hi everyone, I just wanna take a few moments to say thanks to the, believe it or not, hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement,” he explained in a short video posted on the Jeopardy! Twitter account. “I’ve heard from former contestants. Even Watson, the IBM computer, sent me a get well card.” 

“Now, obviously I won’t be able to respond to all of you individually but I did want you to know that I do read everything I receive,” Trebek continued. “And I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers and the advice you have offered and I am extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me. I’m a lucky guy.”

According to People, Tuesday was the 78-year-old game show host’s first day back since announcing his cancer diagnosis last week, when he broke the news in another clip.

“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you,” he explained. “And it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fanbase. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health.”

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Game Show Host Alex Trebek and actress Beverly Sassoon attending ‘Scott Newman Benefit Dinner’ on November 8, 1985 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Alex Trebek, circa 1984. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

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Alex Trebek attends Third Annual Franciscan Games on September 30, 1989 at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

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Canadian American television star Alex Trebek has been the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! since 1984.

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Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ Alex Trebek attends a press conference to discuss the upcoming Man V. Machine ‘Jeopardy!’ competition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on January 13, 2011 in Yorktown Heights, New York.

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Alex Trebek hosts the 2012 National Geographic Bee Championship Round at the National Geographic Society on May 24, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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 Three football buffs step up to challenge Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, and special guest Alex Trebek stops by to give host Andy Richter a few pointers.

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Alex Trebek speaks during a rehearsal before a taping of Jeopardy! Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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TV game show host Alex Trebek is interviewed at the ‘Jeopardy!’ Hall of Fame Sony Pictures Studios tour ribbon cutting ceremony at Sony Pictures Studios on September 20, 2011 in Culver City, California.

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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 20: ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek attends the 2016 USO Gala on October 20, 2016 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

TO TELL THE TRUTH – Ashley Graham, Jenna Elfman, Donald Faison and Alex Trebek make up the celebrity panel on ‘To Tell the Truth,’ Episode 310, airing SUNDAY, JULY 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 30: TV personality Alex Trebek attends the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation at the Official Residence of Canada on June 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 09: ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek speaks as he is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner at the Encore Las Vegas on April 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NAB Show, the trade show of the National Association of Broadcasters and the world’s largest electronic media show, runs through April 12 and features more than 1,700 exhibitors and 102,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 19: Alex Trebek attends ‘Who is Alex Trebek? Celebrating 35 seasons of Jeopardy!’ at 92nd Street Y on February 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

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“So, therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information,” he added. “Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working.”

He concluded: “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.”

Immediately following the announcement, a number of Hollywood stars, including Dane Cook, Ryan Seacrest, Dr. Phil, Chris Harrison and Ken Jeong, sent moving messages to the Jeopardy! host.

“I sent him a message saying, ‘I know you can get through this,’ and, ‘Don’t listen to stage four and all of [that],'” Olivia Newton-John told ET on Monday. “‘Don’t read the statistics and stay focused and see how you can heal yourself.'”

“That helps. Sense of humor is vital,” she added. “He has a great attitude and a great sense of humor about it and I’m sure he’ll do very well.”

Jeopardy!’s Twitter account has since offered a thank you for all the kind words on Trebek’s behalf, writing, “The outpouring of good wishes and support in response to Alex’s recent health news has been humbling and overwhelming. Please know that your messages are being conveyed to him and are deeply appreciated. From everyone at Jeopardy! – thank you.”

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