Alex Trebek’s widow Jean says ‘Jeopardy’ gave him ‘a cause to get up within the morning’ amid pancreatic most cancers battle

(Photo: Today show)

(Photo: Today present)

Jean Trebek says Jeopardy helped husband Alex Trebek by way of his most cancers battle.

The iconic sport present host’s widow was interviewed on the Today present about his legacy — and her grief. She spoke candidly about lacking her associate of 30 years, “the ying and the yang to each other,” and being in “disbelief that he’s gone.” She additionally talked about how Jeopardy gave Alex a cause to get away from bed every morning whereas preventing Stage four pancreatic most cancers.

Asked how she was coping since Alex’s November demise, Jean, 56, stated, “I think right now, talking with you, I’m good.” However, “I absolutely have moments of waves of grief that just come over me. Still, really disbelief that he is — that he is gone. I miss him a lot.”

She added, “We were both the ying and the yang to each other. We just knew how to dance. We really loved each other. We really loved being in life together.”

Jean, knowledgeable non secular science practitioner and editor of the web site InsideWink, informed Today‘s Savannah Guthrie that Jeopardy was actually a lifeline to Alex after he was recognized in March 2019.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)

Alex and Jean Trebek have been married for 30 years. (Photo: Kevin Winter/WireImage)

“Doing Jeopardy really gave him a sense of purpose, a reason to wake up in the morning,” stated Jean, who shares two grownup kids with the TV star, Matthew and Emily, and is bonus mother to his daughter Nicky.

Alex labored till simply days previous to his demise — and Jean stated knew the top of him with the ability to work could be his finish.

“I think, Savannah, that I knew his life … on earth here would wrap up quickly when he could no longer do the show,” Jean admitted. “But he wanted to finish strong. And he did. And he lived life on his own terms.”

Jean additionally thanked Jeopardy watchers and Alex followers for displaying him a lot love throughout the greatest take a look at in his life.

“We got to really see the outpouring of love and admiration that he gave to the world, and I know that that was, in and of itself, a huge inspiration for Alex,” she stated.

Emily spoke out the general public outpouring after her father’s demise — and the way her father would have been so touched.

“He would have been shocked, honestly,” Emily stated. “I think he knew he was loved and revered, but I don’t think to this level. The support and the love that’s been shown since he passed has really been on another level… He would have really appreciated it. It would mean a lot to him.”

Guthrie is among the Jeopardy visitor hosts lined as much as fill in till Alex’s everlasting substitute is introduced. She referred to as the expertise taking pictures a “couple of weeks” of exhibits “so special.” It will air in the summertime.

Guthrie stated it was a shock attending to interview Jean after finishing the internet hosting gig — and it made her really feel “connected to” Jean. She additionally “appreciated even more what Alex has done, what it took, how hard it was and how excellent he was.”

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