Alex Trebek the Jeopardy host has recently revealed the struggles that he faced during his cancer treatment in his autobiography. As he disclosed in his book named “The Answer Is … Reflections on My Life,” ‘the burden of serving as a beacon of hope has weighed on him’.
When Alex Trebek began his chemotherapy to fight cancer, he suffered from crying spells. He was troubled by this behaviour of his and had to confide in his Oncologist. The doctor said these crying were probably side effects of the treatment.
“He told me not to feel embarrassed, but I said, ‘I do feel a little embarrassed. I feel like a wuss. It’s not that men shouldn’t cry. It’s that, my God, Alex, get yourself together, here,’”
He recalls his wife asking him while undergoing his cancer treatment. “And I said, ‘I feel like I wanna die.’ It was that bad,” said Trebek. Asked what his wife said in response, Trebek replied, “I apologize to her, and explain that it has nothing to do with my love for her or my feelings for her. It just has to do with the fact that I feel like I’m a terrible burden to her. And that bothers me tremendously.”
Alex Trebek also said, “You can’t be telling people ‘Keep your chin up, fight on!’ and then all of a sudden you counter that by: ‘What happened to Trebek?’ ‘Oh, he killed himself. He just got too discouraged,’” the Jeopardy quiz show host said in an interview from his office. “‘Well, hell, he was telling us to be positive. And then he did this negative thing.’ So, yeah. That’s the responsibility that has bothered me.”
Alex Trebek has come to represent himself for the last 36 years as the host of “Jeopardy!” In his words he says that people treat him as the reliable figure they can count on to appear on their television sets every weeknight, “not so much as a showbiz personality but as an uncle,” he writes.