Alex Trebek Is Releasing A Memoir With Behind-The-Scenes Jeopardy! Secrets
Legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is planning to release a memoir in July just ahead of his 80th birthday. The new book titled The Answer Is...Reflections On My Life will cover Trebek’s personal and professional life, and it will include some behind-the-scenes secrets from his more than three-decade run on one of America’s most popular game shows.
“I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” Trebek writes in the book, according to The Hollywood Reporter . As fans know, Trebek is currently battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and he revealed the news via video in the spring of 2019.
Trebek’s publisher Simon & Schuster says that the outpouring of support from fans over the past year convinced the game show host to “share his story.” The book will include Trebek’s answers to frequently asked questions from fans, including why he shaved his signature mustache, his thoughts about Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impression, and how he feels about big-time Jeopardy! winners Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.
“Today, when there is so much uncertainty and turmoil in the world, Alex Trebek is a beacon of stability and positivity,” said Sean Manning, executive editor at Simon & Schuster, in a statement. “This wise, charming and inspiring book is further evidence why he has long been considered one of the most beloved and respected figures in entertainment.”
The new book will include numerous never-before-scene pics of Trebek, who started hosting Jeopardy! in 1984. It will also be structured like the popular game show, with each chapter title being written in the form of a question.
Trebek will reportedly share stories from his childhood in Canada and his longtime marriage to his wife Jean. He will also write about being the father of two children - Emily and Matthew - as well as his education, his successful television career, his spirituality, and his charity work.
Recently, Trebek gave an update on his health via Twitter video with an emotional speech about his moments of “great pain” in the past year.
“Moments when certain bodily functions no longer functioned and some massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on. But I brushed that aside very quickly, because that would have been a massive betrayal,” said Trebek.
Alex Trebek said he didn’t want to let down his wife or his millions of fans, and he shared that both he and his doctor believe that he will be alive to give fans another update in the spring of 2021.
Currently, Jeopardy! is on a filming hiatus because of the COVID-19 shutdown. However, all of the episodes that were filmed prior to the pandemic are currently airing weekdays in syndication. The Answer Is...Reflections On My Life will be available on July 21, one day before Trebek turns 80 years old.