Merv Griffin Treated for Prostate Cancer

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 26, 2005

LOS ANGELES – Merv Griffin has been hospitalized for a recurrence of prostate cancer, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. He was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for cancer discovered during a routine examination a few weeks ago, said Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment.

“I’d rather play Jeopardy! than live it,” the 82-year-old game show impresario and former talk show host said in a statement. “I was ready for a vacation; however, this wasn’t the destination I had in mind.”

Griffin’s son, Tony, said his father was resting comfortably and that “his sense of humor and optimistic outlook remain intact.”

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“He’s getting great care and his medical team want to monitor his progress in a controlled setting,” Tony Griffin said in a statement.

Newberger declined to give additional details.

Griffin, a former band singer, invented and produced the popular game shows “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

A service of the Associated Press(AP)