Alex Trebek and his wife Jean are opening up about the host’s cancer diagnosis in a one-hour TV special, “What Is ‘Jeopardy’? Alex Trebek and America’s Most Popular Quiz Show”.
ABC’s Michael Strahan asked the couple, who have been married 29 years, what the toughest part about dealing with the disease was.
Jean explained during the ABC News special, “It’s when I see him in pain and I can’t help him. And when he doesn’t eat right. When he has too much diet soda.”
However, Alex insisted: “Back off Michael… I’m 79. If you get to be 79 and be in as good as shape as I – wait a minute I’m not in a great shape.”
The Canadian star, who revealed his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in a YouTube video back in March, added: “It’s always tough for caretakers because she has to deal with her worrying about my well-being and also dealing with… I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around when I’m experiencing severe pain or depression, and she has to tread lightly around me.”
He shared, “Throughout my life, I’ve always wondered about how courageous a human being I was. I just look at it as it’s a part of life. Does that mean I’m courageous because I’m dealing with it? No. I could be scared to death and I’d still have to deal with it.”