Alex Trebek’s wife: ‘Jeopardy!’ and team give him sense of purpose

The wife of the iconic TV host spoke to ABC News about life after her husband's cancer diagnosis and how he maintains a positive frame of mind.
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Transcript for Alex Trebek’s wife: ‘Jeopardy!’ and team give him sense of purpose
Finally tonight, the ABC news exclusive. Michael Strahan's interview with "Jeopardy!" Host Alex trebek and his wife Jean. Fighting his battle with cancer together. Have you ever looked at him and said, "Honey, take a break. Said, "Honey, take a break. You can miss a show." Yes. To my girlfriends, yes. But I know it's what feeds him. He loves doing "Jeopardy!" He has his own family over there. They're such a close-knit, beautiful group of people. So I think that gives him a lot of support, a sense of purpose. And that he's just not in bed and can be productive. It's always tough for the caretakers. Because she has to deal with her worrying about my well-being and also dealing with -- I'm not always the most pleasant person to be around when I'm experiencing severe pain or depression. And she has to tread lightly around me. How important is it to have this positive frame of mind, which you seem to have? I'm not sure that I always have this positive frame of mind. There are days when I wake up and I feel strong. Yesterday, I was up on the roof with my blower, blowing all the pine needles off there. I got three bags full outside. Next time, call me. I'll get up on the roof and blow the pine needles. No, you -- Why? You wouldn't be good because you're heavier than I am. I know, but I got good balance. I've had those tiles up there for 25 years. I know where to walk so that I don't break them. Alex. I'm like a ninja. Light on my feet. Ninja Strahan. Ninja Strahan, light on the feet. Oh, boy. Uh-huh. All right. Humor and honesty. That ABC news special airs tonight at 8:00 eastern. Thank you so much for watching. I'm whit Johnson. Have a good night.

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