‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Tears Up When His Wife Jean Does This For Him

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alex Trebek and Jean Trebek

Alex Trebek has placed on a really courageous face when talking publicly about his Stage four pancreatic most cancers analysis. He’s given updates to followers on the Jeopardy social media channels. In his newest tv interview, one factor about his battle with most cancers, happening a yr and a half, made him choke up: his spouse, Jean Trebek.

Alex Trebek and Jean Trebek
Alex Trebek and Jean Trebek | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI

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Trebek spoke with Good Morning America reporter T.J. Holmes about his new e-book, The Answer Is…: Reflections On My Life. The autobiography covers Trebek’s life and profession, however the newest replace on his well being disaster introduced Trebek to tears. 

This made Alex Trebek break down in entrance of his spouse Jean Trebek

Trebek has been open in regards to the fatigue his most cancers remedy causes, and discomfort on some days. He advised Holmes it has gotten even worse than that. 

“There was one day a few weeks ago when Jeanie asked me in the morning how do you feel and I said I feel like I want to die,” Trebek stated. “It was that bad. I apologized to her and explained that it has nothing to do with my love for her or my feelings for her. It just has to do with the fact that I feel like I’m a terrible burden to her and that bothers me tremendously.”

Jean Trebek’s response made Alex Trebek tear up

It’s uncommon to see Trebek crack on digital camera. Usually he’s a stalwart studying solutions and questions on Jeopardy. However, his spouse’s response to his darkest second hit him so laborious that even repeating the story introduced forth feelings.

“She says, ‘You’re not a burden,’” Trebek stated. “She’s a saint. But she has so much goodness in her that she is always giving out, always putting out to help me get over difficult moments and there have been some difficult moments.”

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Alex Trebek on Jeopardy! | ABC/Eric McCandless

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This final line is the place he struggled to get the phrases out. 

“I’m just in awe of… the way she handles it,” Trebek stated choking up. 

‘Jeopardy’ retains him motivated to get better

Trebek says he can faux it aside from these moments when it’s actually too painful. Returning to Jeopardy!, as quickly as manufacturing can resume, motivates him.

“I don’t know what it is, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go,” Trebek stated. “Let’s do it. Get out there, suck it up, make it happen. It’s something that I can’t explain intellectually. At a gut level, without even thinking about it, it just happened. I suddenly wake up and I’m able to perform and handle the show because I like it. It’s a good job. It sure as hell would be nice to get back to work. I miss it. It’s been part of my life, a very important part of my life for 36 years.”

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Trebek’s oncologist has excessive hopes for him too.

“My doctor has told me that he is counting on me celebrating two years of survivorship past the diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Trebek stated. “That two years happens in February so I expect to be around because he said I will be around. I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”

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