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Jean Trebek remembers husband Alex Trebek in interview 6 months after his death

The widow of the legendary "Jeopardy!" host shared how she's carrying on his legacy of giving in a new interview with Savannah Guthrie.
/ Source: TODAY

Jean Trebek will be sharing her memories of her late husband, legendary "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, following his death last year and how she has carried on his legacy of giving as part of an upcoming NBC special.

Trebek spoke with TODAY co-anchor Savannah Guthrie as part of the special "Inspiring America: The 2021 Inspiration List," which will air Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and Telemundo.

The inaugural "Inspiration List" special, hosted by Savannah, Hoda Kotb and NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, focuses on a group of people who have made a positive impact during a challenging year. Jean and Alex Trebek are among the honorees.

In a short excerpt on TODAY Wednesday, Trebek reflected on the impact her husband made as host of the popular game show from 1984 until his death at 80 in November from pancreatic cancer.

"I think one of the beautiful things, the blessings that came, if you can call it a blessing, is that he got to really see the outpouring of love and admiration that he gave to the world," she said. "Some people just, you know, you don't see that while you're still embodied, you don't get to really witness all the love that people feel for you. And I know that that was in and of itself a huge inspiration for Alex."

The show has served as an ongoing tribute to him since his death, with a group of guest hosts including "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings and executive producer Mike Richards sharing how the iconic game show host inspired them.

Jean Trebek also spoke to Savannah about how she is continuing her late husband's legacy of philanthropy, including recently dedicating the Valley Rescue Mission's Trebek Center, a bridge housing facility to combat homelessness in Los Angeles.

Other figures selected for the "Inspiration List" include acclaimed Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, celebrity chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés, Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, the all-civilian crew of the Inspiration4 space mission and America's teachers, including one from a Dallas elementary school who rose to the unprecedented challenge of the pandemic to educate her students.

"Inspiring America: The 2021 Inspiration List" is the first special for the new franchise called "Inspiring America" from the NBCUniversal News Group. Encore presentations of Saturday's event will air May 2 at 3 p.m. EST on CNBC, 9 p.m. EST on NBC News NOW and 10 p.m. EST on MSNBC.