Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards Opens Up About Favorite Alex Trebek Story

by Jennifer Shea

“Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards has plenty of Alex Trebek stories, but one in particular stands out as his favorite.

Mike Richards Shares Favorite Alex Trebek Memory, and It’s Not from ‘Jeopardy!’

“I was at his house, in his study, with all these amazing books and everything,” Richards recalled. “We were having a meeting. And [Trebek’s wife] Jean walked in. And he stopped, and it was like he had not seen her for a month.”

“He had seen her just a few minutes before that,” Richards explained. “So I just loved their relationship, and their chemistry.”

Watch the clip of Richards’ remarks here:

Alex and Jean

Trebek died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020. He reportedly spent his final day alive watching the horizon with Jean. The couple had been married for about 30 years.

“He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years,” Richards said in a statement after Trebek’s death. “Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host ‘Jeopardy!’ was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”

Shortly after her husband’s death, Jean shared their wedding photo on Instagram, along with a message of thanks to all the fans who had expressed condolences.

“My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity,” she wrote. “Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much.”

Before Trebek received his cancer diagnosis, it was Jean who first noticed something was off about her husband.

“I looked across the table at Alex,” Jean later wrote in the Christian magazine Guideposts. “His coloring seemed off. ‘You feeling okay?’ I asked. ‘I’m good,’ he said. Alex is not one to complain. But he admitted that he was having some stomach pains.”

Trebek would live nearly two years beyond his diagnosis before passing away at his home in Los Angeles at age 80.