The 82-year-old former host of game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune is being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles--where he was taken on Wednesday--for cancer discovered during a routine checkup earlier this month, according to his spokesperson.
His son Tony says Merv is resting and "his sense of humor and optimistic outlook remain intact."
He adds, "He's getting great care and his medical team want to monitor his progress in a controlled setting."
In a statement, Merv says, "I'd rather play Jeopardy! than live it. I was ready for a vacation; however, this wasn't the destination I had in mind."
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