Alex Trebek’s widow Jean says internet hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ helped maintain him alive whereas combating his pancreatic most cancers

Alex Trebek's widow Jean says hosting 'Jeopardy!' helped keep him alive while fighting his pancreatic cancer

2021-05-03 20:35:35

Alex Trebek’s widow Jean shared her unfiltered ideas concerning the late “Jeopardy!” host and the way a lot persevering with to be on the present meant to him as he battled most cancers. 

Trebek died in November of 2020 at age 80 after a really prolonged and public battle with stage 4 pancreatic most cancers. He was very open concerning the bodily and psychological pressure that the prognosis took on him, however made it clear to followers that he deliberate to proceed internet hosting “Jeopardy!” for so long as he might. Trebek managed to proceed the job he cherished till he died. 

Jean opened up about her late husband for the primary time in an interview with “At this time” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie as a part of the NBC particular “Inspiring America: The 2021 Inspiration Listing” on Saturday. In it, she revealed simply how essential it was for him to be open with followers about what he was going by.

“His reward was that he may very well be very resolute and he knew that the reality won’t damage you,” Jean defined within the interview, which aired on “At this time” Monday. “And he needed to, I feel, empower folks to maneuver by no matter problem they’d in life with a way of inside power, inside dignity, and love.”

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Alex Trebek’s spouse, Jean, defined why he needed to proceed internet hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ amid his most cancers battle.
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Regardless of his deteriorating well being, Trebek continued to host the beloved recreation present, which Jean defined was as a lot for him because it was for the myriad of followers who’ve solely ever recognized one man behind the rostrum. 

“Yeah. Doing ‘Jeopardy’ actually gave him a way of objective, a motive to get up within the morning,” she revealed. “And I’d say all of us want that. All of us want a objective.”

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She added: “Yeah. I feel, Savannah, that I knew his life was going to, on Earth right here, would wrap up shortly when he might not do the present. However he needed to complete robust. And he did. And he lived life on his personal phrases.”

Since his passing, Trebek’s followers have come out in droves to honor the late TV persona. Jean finds the outpouring of affection and help to be bittersweet, noting that she misses her husband of 30 years on a regular basis. Nevertheless, she is aware of he can be shocked at how many individuals had been moved to pay tribute to him.

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Alex Trebek's widow, Jean, opened up about how much hosting 'Jeopardy!' meant to him.

Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean, opened up about how a lot internet hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ meant to him.
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“I feel he would have been shocked, actually. I feel he knew he was cherished and revered, however I do not assume to this stage,” she defined. “I feel that the help and the love that is been proven since he handed has actually been on one other stage. And I feel he would have actually appreciated it. I feel he — I feel it might imply so much to him.”

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Elsewhere within the interview, Jean mentioned her late husband’s philanthropic efforts in addition to his want to be “a part of the answer” to combating homelessness.


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