“Jeopardy!” has lost one long-time fan the past few months. Alex Trebek’s daughter revealed it’s been difficult to watch the game show since his passing in November.
For Nicky Trebek, there are too many memories associated with the game show. The past few months she’s still been processing her grief after Alex Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. It’s hard for his daughter to imagine anyone else hosting the show. Trebek served as host for 37 seasons, starting all the way back in 1984.
“To me, it was his show, and it’s difficult for me to carry on on the show,” said Nicky Trebek, according to the New York Post. Nicky is the adopted daughter of Trebek and his first wife Elaine Callei. The game show host later married Jean Currivan and had two more children. The couple remained married until his death.
Over the years, Nancy Trebek has held several jobs such as a singer and fashion designer. But in recent years, she worked on the game show “Jeopardy!” alongside her father. She ultimately decided to quit her position on the show around the time of Alex Trebek’s death.
Nancy reflected on her father’s final days on the show. Despite his illness and weakened health, Alex Trebek filmed up until a month before his death. His last few episodes aired after he passed from cancer, serving to cap Trebek’s final legacy on the show. His daughter revealed that she drove him home after his final taping.
“I drove him home on the last day of the last taping he was able to do,” she said.
Nancy Trebek Wants to Honor Her Father
Alex Trebek carved a legacy with his time on “Jeopardy!” But he will also be remembered by his children, which carry his name now that he’s gone. His daughter Nancy plans to honor the game show host‘s memory by working in cancer awareness and research.
She created “Team Alex” in her father’s honor. The team participated in a virtual Purple Stride event, which raises funds for pancreatic cancer research. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network held the event to spread awareness about the disease.
“I just want to honor his fight,” Nancy Trebek said. “I feel that Purple Stride is a way to show how much integrity he had, throughout the whole thing.”
Though he regretted going public later, Alex Trebek was forthcoming about his fight with cancer. He kept his viewers informed in his battle with pancreatic cancer all the way up until the end.
“He brought much-needed #awareness to this terrible disease and provided #hope to so many struggling. I’m beyond proud of him for his courage and integrity throughout his illness So I’m continuing what he started and will fight for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer,” Nancy Trebek also wrote in an Instagram post.