Wife of the late Alex Trebek speaks on her marriage: 'We were equal partners'

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek speaks as he is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame
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Jean Currivan-Trebek is speaking out about the death of her husband, Alex Trebek.

The wife of the late great host of “Jeopardy!” recently told The Eden Magazine that she didn’t realize his cultural impact until he was diagnosed with cancer in March 2019.

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"Alex was my dear husband and my most beloved friend. Like most long-term relationships, we had our ups and downs, but the truth of it was that we were very close and experienced a lot of life together," she told the outlet.

"It was important to Alex to keep his personal life separate from his professional life, unless it was ‘needed,’… i.e., attending an award show or something like that. For the most part, Alex and I enjoyed staying at home. When we did go out, it was perhaps for a quick dinner or movie every now and then, so it wasn’t like we were always out in public for me to really notice his popularity."

The game show host passed away in November at the age of 80 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"We received cartons of mail every day filled with get-well cards, etc., at our home address, and I knew that the studio was receiving so much more. It was astonishing," she said.

She continued, "In looking back, the fact that I did not identify Alex as an ‘icon’ was a gift. We were equal partners in a marriage, and we had our own personal growth issues to deal with just like any ordinary couple."

Alex and Jean married in 1990.

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