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

Trebek died in November of 2020 年齢で 80 after a very lengthy and public battle with stage 4 膵臓癌. He was very open about the physical and mental strain that the diagnosis took on him, but made it clear to fans that he planned to continue hosting “危険!” for as long as he could. Trebek managed to continue the job he loved until he died.

Jean opened up about her late husband for the first time in an interview with “今日” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie as part of the NBC specialInspiring America: ザ・ 2021 Inspiration List” 土曜日. 初期化, she revealed just how important it was for him to be open with fans about what he was going through.

His gift was that he could be very resolute and he knew that the truth will not hurt you,” Jean explained in the interview, which aired on “今日” 月曜. “And he wanted to, おもう, empower people to move through whatever challenge they had in life with a sense of inner strength, inner dignity, and love.


Alex Trebek's wife, ジャン, explained why he wanted to continue hosting 'Jeopardy!' amid his cancer battle.

Alex Trebek’s wife, ジャン, explained why he wanted to continue hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ amid his cancer battle. (Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)

Despite his deteriorating health, Trebek continued to host the beloved game show, which Jean explained was as much for him as it was for the myriad of fans who have only ever known one man behind the podium.

“ええ. Doing ‘Jeopardy’ really gave him a sense of purpose, a reason to wake up in the morning,” she revealed. “And I would say we all need that. We all need a purpose.


彼女は付け加えた: “ええ. おもう, Savannah, that I knew his life was going to, on Earth here, would wrap up quickly when he could no longer do the show. But he wanted to finish strong. And he did. And he lived life on his own terms.

Since his passing, Trebek’s fans have come out in droves to honor the late TV personality. Jean finds the outpouring of love and support to be bittersweet, noting that she misses her husband of 30 years all the time. しかしながら, she knows he would be shocked at how many people were moved to pay tribute to him.


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

Alex Trebek’s widow, ジャン, opened up about how much hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ meant to him. (ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

I think he would have been shocked, honestly. I think he knew he was loved and revered, but I don’t think to this level,” 彼女は説明した. “I think that the support and the love that’s been shown since he passed has really been on another level. And I think he would have really appreciated it. I think heI think it would mean a lot to him.

Elsewhere in the interview, Jean discussed her late husband’s philanthropic efforts as well as his desire to bepart of the solutionto fighting homelessness.