The late iconic Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek touched countless fans’ lives during his four decades on the game show. Recently, his wife opened up about her husband getting to witness just how much he meant to so many before he passed away.
Jean Trebek joined TODAY co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, as part of an inaugural “Inspiration List” special. “Inspiring America: The 2021 Inspiration List” will air this Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. Its purpose is to highlight a “group of people who have made a positive impact during a challenging year.” Alex and Jean Trebek, among others, will be honored in the special.
During a short excerpt of the interview on TODAY, Jean reflected on her husband’s legacy. In addition, she spoke about the impact he had on so many as the longtime host of Jeopardy!.
“I think one of the beautiful things, the blessings that came if you can call it a blessing, is that he got to really see the outpouring of love and admiration that he gave to the world. Some people just, you know, you don’t see that while you’re still embodied. You don’t get to really witness all the love that people feel for you. And I know that that was in and of itself a huge inspiration for Alex,” Jean said of her late husband.
‘Jeopardy!’ Host’s Family Cuts Ribbon on Trebek Center for the Homeless
As the Trebek family and Jeopardy! both continue to keep Alex Trebek’s legacy alive, they now take the next steps to open a homeless center in his name.
On Friday, March 26, Jeopardy! announced that the family had cut the ribbon on the Trebek Center for the Homeless. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Trebek was passionate about fighting against homelessness throughout his life. A $500,000 donation from the Trebeks went towards a down payment on the $7 million building. Renovations will begin in April, and are expected to take around six months to complete.
The location used to house a rollerskating rink, but will now take on an even more important role. Theresa Jackson, the chair of the board for Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, stressed the importance of the repurposed location.
“(But for the)107 people who will be living here, this is their home,” Jackson said. “It’s more than entertainment for them.”
In addition to Jackson’s comments on the project, Jean Trebek also spoke on the new homeless center.
“Knowing that we were able to help create a place of refuge for so many,” Jean said. “And to support people who need a helping hand is the main goal of The Trebek Family Foundation and is truly a dream come true for both Alex and I.”