Alex Trebek’s spouse offers first interview since host’s loss of life

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Jean Trebek, skilled sound healer and spouse of treasured recreation present host Alex Trebek, has opened up about her husband’s most cancers battle and larger-than-life legacy in her first interview since his loss of life.

Talking with “At present” anchor Savannah Guthrie for an upcoming NBC particular titled “Inspiring America,” Jean Trebek stated she misses her accomplice “quite a bit” and experiences “waves of grief that simply come over” her. The “Jeopardy!” star died at age 80 in November after a protracted, public battle with pancreatic most cancers.

“I feel one in every of … the blessings that got here, for those who can name it a blessing, was that he received to essentially see the outpouring of affection and admiration that he gave to the world,” Jean Trebek, 56, advised Guthrie in a quick preview clip launched Wednesday.

“And a few individuals simply … don’t see that when you’re nonetheless embodied. You don’t get to essentially witness all of the love that individuals really feel for you. And I do know that that was in and of itself an enormous inspiration for Alex.”

The ladies additionally mentioned a viral “Jeopardy!” clip from 2019 through which a contestant gambled practically all of his winnings and wrote, “We [love] you, Alex,” for the Closing Jeopardy spherical. In the course of the episode, which aired shortly after the veteran emcee went public along with his most cancers prognosis, the sometimes unflappable trivia grasp fought again tears whereas thanking the contestant for his help.

“When that contestant wrote that … you possibly can see him, like, ‘Oh, don’t make me cry right here, however I like it,’” Jean Trebek stated of the touching second. “And I feel that meant the world to him.”

Trebek’s full dialog with Guthrie will premiere Saturday as a part of NBC’s “Inspiring America” telecast, which can have a good time numerous inspirational figures for his or her optimistic contributions throughout what has been a devastating yr.

Along with the Trebeks, the particular will highlight basketball coach Becky Harmon, “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, chef José Andrés, Feeding America Chief Govt Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, SpaceX’s Inspiration4 crew and numerous American educators.

Hosted by NBC journalists Guthrie, Lester Holt and Hoda Kotb, “Inspiring America” will acknowledge Jean and Alex Trebek for his or her many years of humanitarian work, together with the just lately devoted Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission’s Trebek Middle, a bridge-housing facility that gives support to unhoused individuals in Los Angeles.

“… one in every of Alex’s items was that he might be very resolute and know that the reality is not going to harm you,” Jean Trebek advised Guthrie, “and he wished to empower individuals to maneuver by means of no matter problem they’d in life with a way of interior energy, interior dignity and love.”

“Inspiring America” debuts Saturday at 5 p.m. Pacific on NBC and Telemundo.

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