Learning He Has Cancer, Alex Trebek Regrets Not Having Met Wife Jean Earlier

Probably best known for his role as host of Jeopardy, Alex Trebek had some sad news for us all this week. A few days ago, he shared that at 78, he has Stage 4 cancer of the pancreas.

Alex went public through a frank statement that Jeopardy’s social accounts published. In it, he reassured viewers he’d be battling the cancer and wouldn’t give up.

Alex has been hosting the game show for thirty-five years, starting in 1984. He assured fans he’d stay on as a host even while going through treatment.

This devastating announcement is particularly sad. Just a few months ago, he revealed that his wish was to have met Jean, his wife, earlier in their lives.

Viewers and stars across the globe have expressed emotional support for Trebek since he made the announcement, however, those nearest and dearest were hit the worst. 

Clearly, one of this is Alex’s wife, Jean, to whom he’s been married for almost 30 years.

That may, to some of us, seem like ages. But it’s too short for Alex; in a recent interview with People magazine, he said he wished the two had crossed paths earlier.

Alex revealed: “I’m pretty satisfied with my life. But my wife Jean and I have been together almost 29 years, and I was thinking about President Bush when he died, and all the comments about his life about what a nice guy he is, and how he and his wife had been together 73 years. I thought, ‘Oh my Gosh … If I’d just met Jean in my 20s we could have had a longer life together.'”

Explaining, he joked: “I guess if I’d met her when I was in my 20s she wouldn’t have been born yet. But hey, 29 years is pretty good!”

Ever positive in spite of his serious diagnosis, Alex is determined to fight cancer no matter what. 

“With the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

Luck may have dealt him a blow, but Alex is brave, and it’s nothing short of inspirational. Each day,  so many people across the world are diagnosed with the horrible disease, and it affects all their loved ones. 


To these people, we must show our support. Let’s unite to beat cancer, and do everything in our power to support those with the disease.

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