Alex Trebek ‘Wishes’ He’d Met His Wife Earlier So They’d ‘Have More Time Together’ After Cancer Diagnosis

Earlier this week, “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek stunned everyone when he announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, the 78 year-old game show host is speaking out to reveal that his main regret is that he didn’t meet his beloved wife Jean Currivan, 54, earlier so that they could have more time together.

“I’m pretty satisfied with my life,” Trebek said. “But my wife Jean and I have been together almost 29 years, and I was thinking about President Bush when he died, and all the comments about his life about what a nice guy he is, and how he and his wife had been together 73 years. I thought, oh my gosh… if I’d just met Jean in my 20s we could have had a longer life together.”

Trebek then showed off his trademark sense of humor by acknowledging his 24 year age difference with Jean.

“I guess if I’d met her when I was in my twenties she wouldn’t have been born yet,” he said. “But hey, 29 years is pretty good!”

Alex married Jean in 1990 and the couple share two children together: Matthew, 29, and Emily, 27.

Trebek revealed his cancer diagnosis on Wednesday in a personal video to fans.

“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” Trebek said. “And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

“Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years!” he added. “So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”

Please keep Trebek and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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