“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek on Wednesday opened up about the “deep, deep sadness” he has faced during his ongoing battle against pancreatic cancer.

Trebek, 78, sat down with ABC “Good Morning America” host and cancer survivor Robin Roberts to give an update on his condition.


"My oncologist tells me I'm doing well even though I don't always feel it," Trebek said. "I've had kidney stones, I've had ruptured discs, so I'm used to dealing with pain. But what I'm not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eyes."

“I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss,” the host continued. “But I’m fighting through it.”

He added that his blood counts and weight have remained steady and other cancer indicators have gone down.

"I've had so many contacts from people who have survived cancer for 10 years, 12 years, 14 years," Trebek said. "I am now a 30-day cancer survivor. I'm going to catch up to those other people. But they have been an inspiration to me. And that’s what it’s all about.”

Roberts praised the game-show host for being so honest about “the bad as well as the good.”

“Chemo affects people in different ways and people have to understand that,” Trebek responded. “There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘Hey, I’m really depressed today and I have no idea why. Why am I crying?’ ”

“You have to deal with it,” he added. “What am I going to do? It’s something I’m afflicted with. We’re dealing with it chemically and spiritually and those are positives. And hopefully everything is going to turn out well and I’ll be back on the air with original programming come September.”

Trebek revealed to the “Jeopardy!” fanbase in March that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He has been the face of program since 1984 — holding a Guinness World Record for hosting the most episodes of single game show.

"People all over America have been sharing their good thoughts, their advice, their prayers," he told Roberts. "And I feel it is making a difference in my well-being."

Since then, he has completed an additional 50 episodes of the show while undergoing treatment.

“We got lucky. I timed my diagnosis with the end of the season,” Trebek said with a laugh on Wednesday after ending the 35th season. “We wrapped up the season and now I have the summer months to recuperate and get strong again.”