Daughter of the late Alex Trebek, Nicky Trebek, is opening up about how she and her family have handled the death of their beloved father and Jeopardy host. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Nicky revealed that shortly after her father’s passing on November 8, 2020, she had resigned from her position on the show.
It was a decision she made because to her and her family, Jeopardy, would always be her father’s show. In fact, neither her or the other members of her family have even watched an episode of the show since Trebek’s passing.
Nicky Trebek Reveals What She and Her Family Think About the New ‘Jeopardy’ Hosts Since Father Alex Trebek’s Passing
“Well, to be honest, I have not watched, I have not watched one, my family hasn’t watched any at all. I resigned from the show in November just after he passed before Thanksgiving. To me, it was his show. It was his show and it’s difficult for me to carry on in this show.”
And she isn’t wrong. As CBS This Morning pointed out, Alex had been the host of Jeopardy since 1984 and has hosted every single episode from then until his passing, more than 8,000 episodes. Now, after losing his battle to pancreatic cancer, Nicky is doing her part to advocate for those also battling this horrific disease by creating a team through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Los Angles Purple Stride Walk.
As she told Gale King, her father participated in the Purple Stride Walk in 2019, shortly after being diagnosed. And as Nicky continued, she said it was in that moment, watching her father share his story with a group of survivors with Jean, that it actually hit her, what her father was enduring and was about to endure.
And know you can help support Nicky’s cause and other families battling pancreatic cancer by going to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s website and donating! How amazing is that?
“I just want to carry on his legacy, honor his fight, and it’s really hard to explain, that day at that time I think we all still thought he was going to beat it. It was one of those things, he was invincible and so extraordinary in so many things he did in life. And I’m just not sure how to put it into words,” Nicky said of why she and her brother and sister are doing all of these things, including building a homeless shelter and donating all of his suits to those in need, to honor Trebek.
Nicky was six years old when her mother Elaine married Alex. As The Dad reported, despite not having children of his own before marrying his second wife, Jean, he raised Elaine as his own. In fact, he legally became Nicky’s father when he adopted her back in the 1970s. And after this interview with CBS, it is clear that the love and respect Alex and Nicky had for each other still remain.
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