ALEX Trebek became emotional when speaking about how strong his wife Jean has been throughout his cancer battle.
The Jeopardy! host sat down with Good Morning America to discuss his journey while fighting stage IV pancreatic cancer, and broke down in tears over his longtime spouse’s support.
Alex said: “There was one day a few weeks ago when Jeannie asked me in the morning, ‘How do you feel?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad.
“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.”
While the iconic game show host may feel like a burden, his wife has remained by his side through it all.
The 79-year-old said: “She’s a saint.
“She has so much goodness in her that she is always giving out, always putting out to help me get over difficult moments.
“And there have been some difficult moments. I’m just in awe of the way she handles it.”
Alex and Jean tied the knot in 1990, and share two kids: son Matthew, 30, and daughter Emily, 27.
Alex, who has a new book titled The Answer Is…Reflections On My Life, is also grateful for fans who reached out to him after he revealed his grim diagnosis in March 2019.
He said: “I’ve received so many expressions of love and so many prayers said on my behalf – since the diagnosis was made public that I thought, ‘Well, maybe – maybe the people would care to learn something about me.'”
Alex also has no plans to step down from behind the podium at Jeopardy, a show he has hosted since 1984.
He explained: “My doctor has told me that he is counting on me celebrating two years of survivorship past the diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer.
“And that two years happens in February.
“So I expect to be around ‘cause he said I will be around. And I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”
The interview comes just a few days after Alex provided a health update to his fans in a short clip.
He said: “I’m doing well, I’m continuing treatment and it’s paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal.”
Alex insisted his “numbers” were good, and he was “feeling great.”
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