COLUM­BUS CLASH RE­HASH

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Alex Tre­bek says he’s re­spond­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well to treat­ment for pan­cre­atic cancer and ex­pects to mark his two-year sur­vival in Fe­bru­ary.

His doc­tor has said he’s count­ing on that mile­stone, the “Jeop­ardy!” host said, “so I ex­pect to be around ’cause he said I will be around. And I ex­pect to be host­ing the show if I am around.”

Tests eval­u­at­ing his progress show “I’m on the right track,” Tre­bek told ABC News’ “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” in an in­ter­view con­ducted last week at his home and aired Mon­day. Tre­bek turns 80 on Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter in­ter­viewer T.J. Holmes told Tre­bek he looked and sounded great, the TV host drolly replied: “Here I am, folks. Eat me up.”

The ex­per­i­men­tal im­munother­apy treat­ment Tre­bek is re­ceiv­ing is the same used by for­mer Sen. Harry Reid of Ne­vada in his fight against pan­cre­atic cancer, “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” said. In June, the 80-year-old Reid said his disease is in re­mis­sion.

On Fri­day, con­gress­man and civil rights leader John Lewis lost his six-month bat­tle with the disease at age 80.

Tre­bek said he has had dif­fi­cult days, call­ing his wife, Jean, a “saint” for her un­wa­ver­ing sup­port in mo­ments of sad­ness and de­pres­sion.

His mem­oir, “The An­swer Is . . . Re­flec­tions on My Life,” will be pub­lished Tues­day. Its pro­ceeds will go to char­ity, Tre­bek said.

ALEXAN­DER GOULETAS/FOR THE SUN-TIMES

Chicago po­lice ap­proach a group of pro­test­ers sur­round­ing the Christo­pher Colum­bus statue Fri­day in Grant Park.

Alex Tre­bek

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