In March 2019, longtime host of Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek revealed he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Luckily Trebek is in great spirits and is fighting off the disease.
With the new season amid a pandemic comes new protocols to protect Trebek during this time, as he is the most at-risk. In a statement, Trebek spoke on the new season and the coronavirus:
"I feel good, and I feel excited because once again JEOPARDY! has demonstrated that it's at the forefront of television programming, I believe we are the first quiz show to come back on the air in the COVID-19 era. On a personal level, I'm excited because it gets me out of the house. It gives me something to do on a regular basis, and I was missing that."
On Monday, longtime contestant and now producer of the show, Ken Jennings spoke with GMA about the new guidelines:
"The thing you'll notice for COVID is that the individual contestant podiums, the lecterns, are now socially distanced; they're feet apart instead of being a single bank and Trebek will stay at the host podium instead of coming over to the contestants because Alex's health is priority No. 1."
The guidelines include: contestants will now be socially distant, Trebek will not walk over to the guests, and intense cleaning will take place between contestants.
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