Alex Trebek and His New Goatee Give Fans a Health Update: 'My Numbers Are Good, I'm Feeling Great' (Video)

Trebek says “Jeopardy” will run special “vault” episodes this month, including first show he hosted — “mustache and all”

Good news, “Jeopardy” fans! Alex Trebek and his new goatee are “feeling great” and will be bringing you some special “vault” episodes of the long-running game show this month, including the very first one Trebek ever hosted — “mustache and all.”

“I hope you’re all doing well during this difficult times,” Trebek said in a video shared by ABC News Thursday morning. “As many of you know, whenever there is a break in our ‘Jeopardy’ tape schedule, I often take that opportunity to grow some facial hair. Clearly I’ve been doing that while waiting for us to safely return to the studio, which I hope will be very, very soon.”

“Now in the meantime, I’m here at home recording show openings for some very special ‘Jeopardy’ episodes that will be coming up in July,” he added. “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.”

Per ABC, the four week retrospective of America’s Favorite Quiz Show will begin July 20 and take viewers back to special episodes from throughout the show’s 36-year history. You’ll even get to see a re-broadcast of the series premiere, which aired Sept. 10, 1984.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to give you a quick health update,” Trebek said, referring to the stage four pancreatic cancer he has been battling since March 2019. “I’m doing well. 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. In fact, during the break from the studio, I even wrote a book that will be coming out July 21.”

“Once again, I can’t wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season in September,” Trebek said in closing. “Meanwhile, my wish for all of you, stay safe.”

“Jeopardy!” suspended production March 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic and ran out of new episodes in mid June.

Watch the video above.

9 New Summer TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers, From 'Tough as Nails' to 'Don't' (Photos)

  • With all due respect to “America’s Got Talent,” summer is not exactly the time when Nielsen ratings threaten to fall off the charts — at least, not the top of the charts. And when it comes to new series, a summer slot isn’t generally a vote of confidence from the network.

    Due to coronavirus-forced production shutdowns, Summer 2020 should be an especially soft season. Click through our gallery to see how each freshman show’s debut on broadcast television fared in total viewers.

    ABC/Fox/CBS/The CW

  • Rank:  9      Show: “Labor of Love”      Net:  Fox         Total Viewers: 909,000

    Fox

  • Rank:  8      Show: “Stargirl”*          Net: The CW            Total Viewers: 1.2 million      *Network debut of DC Universe series

    The CW

  • Rank:  7      Show:  “Celebrity Watch Party”    Net: Fox         Total Viewers: 1.8 million

    Fox

  • Rank:  6     Show:   “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!”      Net: ABC         Total Viewers: 2.4 million

    ABC

  • Rank:  5      Show:  “The Genetic Detective”      Net:    ABC        Total Viewers:  3.2 million

    ABC

  • Rank: 4        Show: “Tough as Nails”       Net: CBS       Total Viewers:    4.1 million

    CBS

  • Rank:  3     Show:  “Don’t”         Net: ABC            Total Viewers:  4.2 million

    ABC

  • Rank:  2       Show: “Game On!”        Net: CBS          Total Viewers: 4.5 million

    CBS

  • Rank: 1        Show: “Ultimate Tag”       Net: Fox       Total Viewers:    4.6 million

    Fox

Nielsen sheets are cooling off as the months warm up

With all due respect to “America’s Got Talent,” summer is not exactly the time when Nielsen ratings threaten to fall off the charts — at least, not the top of the charts. And when it comes to new series, a summer slot isn’t generally a vote of confidence from the network.

Due to coronavirus-forced production shutdowns, Summer 2020 should be an especially soft season. Click through our gallery to see how each freshman show’s debut on broadcast television fared in total viewers.

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