Savannah Guthrie interviewed Jean Trebek for the program Inspiring America, which featured a number of celebrities who are using their fame for good. Some of the others profiled included NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Trebeks, and Chef José Andrés.
“Thank you to the @todayshow for including my husband in “Inspiring America,” it was a blessing to speak on his behalf. Savannah was so lovely, I could have spent all day with her… She made me feel so relaxed and I completely enjoyed my time with her,” she wrote on the Instagram post.
Alex Trebek died in November after a long battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. However, his public battle with the disease made him a hero to millions also suffering with the disease. Trebek said he often heard from fans about how they were also diagnosed with cancer, and were fighting along side him.
Since his death Jeopardy! has made sure to pay homage to its longtime host. Every guest host has spoken about how the Canadian-born Trebek inspired them.
Alex Trebek Wanted to be ‘Part of the Solution’
Jean Trebek told Savannah Guthrie that during their 30-year marriage, Alex didn’t just want to help for publicity or notoriety. He wanted to make a difference.
“He was deeply grateful to be part of the solution,” she shared with Guthrie. “We both saw the rise of homelessness. Now we have this beautiful bridge house that’s being built right now to help people.”
Alex Trebek believed in people, his wife said, and felt that they could overcome anything with a little help and a firm push.
“I think that is one of Alex’s gifts was that he could be very resolute and know that the truth will not hurt you, and he wanted to empower people to move through whatever challenge they had in life with a sense of inner strength, inner dignity, and love,” Jean said.
The former Jeopardy! host has said he began his charity work in the 1980s after seeing photos from the Ethiopian famine. He began working with World Vision to help deliver food and aid to the African nation. He continued volunteering and donating his time and money with the organization for decades.