Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek shared 30 wonderful years with his wife Jean Currivan Trebek before passing away of pancreatic cancer in November 2020.
Since then, Jean has shared several loving posts on her Instagram page about cherishing the time spent with family. Yesterday, Jean posted a sweet selfie taken by her daughter, Emily, and featuring her nephew Gabriel.
“Enjoyed a lovely evening with my daughter, Emily, and nephew, Gabriel, who is visiting from New York,” the “Jeopardy!” host’s wife captioned the post. She didn’t specify how the family spent their evening, but everyone wore happy smiles on their faces.
In the seven months since the “Jeopardy!” host’s death, Jean has been involved in several charities and conversations about her late husband’s legacy. Earlier this spring, she was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie for NBC News’ “Inspiring America: The 2021 Inspiration List.”
Jean opened up about how the “Jeopardy!” fans’ support of Alex’s battle with cancer really inspired him and touched him.
“I think one of the beautiful things, the blessings that came, if you can call it a blessing, was that he got to really see the outpouring of love and admiration that he gave to the world,” Jean said. “And I know that that was in and of itself a huge inspiration for Alex.”
“Doing ‘Jeopardy!’ really gave him a sense of purpose. A reason to wake up in the morning,” the widow continued. “And I would say we all need that. We all need a purpose. I think I knew his life was going to, on Earth here, would wrap up quickly when he could no longer do the show. But he wanted to finish strong. And he did. And he lived life on his own terms.”
Late ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Spoke On His Marriage to Jean in 2016 Interview
Five years ago, Alex Trebek sat down with The Saturday Evening Post to talk about his life off the “Jeopardy!” set. Generally, a lot of the conversation centered on his family and wife, Jean.
When the interviewer asked Alex what made him and Jean “thrive” as a couple, he answered, “Viewers of the show have told me that over the past 20 years I have mellowed as a host. My wife has helped to soften me. I try to be more understanding when players make mistakes, to ease the blow for them. I think that’s the main change that my wife has brought about in me.”
Alex said Jean is also the one more tuned in to the “spiritual side of our personalities.”
“I’m not,” Alex said. “She says I am, but I deny it. People ask me what guides me. There’s an old saying, I think it’s by Goethe, ‘If you can dream it, do it, because there is power and glory in doing.’ I think that’s it. Dream all you want, but get off your duff and make the effort. Otherwise, you could wind up regretting, and no one likes regret. Take a chance and do it. What’s the worst that could happen to you?”