Alex Trebek’s Kids Share How They Are Similar to Their ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Dad

Alex Trebek is known for quizzing Jeopardy! contestants. The longtime host of the program, Trebek’s been the face of Jeopardy! since 1984. When he’s not standing behind a lectern serving up clues and categories, the TV personality can be found in much less formal attire tackling home improvement projects or spending time with his family. Keep reading to find out what traits Trebek’s kids say they’ve inherited from their father. 

Alex Trebek and Jean Currivan Trebek have 2 kids

Trebek and his wife of 30 years, Jean Currivan Trebek, are parents to two children. After marrying in 1990, the two welcomed a son, Matthew, in 1990. Then came their daughter, Emily. 

Emily Trebek, Alex Trebek, and Sharon Osbourne on 'The Talk'
Emily Trebek, Alex Trebek, and Sharon Osbourne on The Talk | Lisette M. Azar/CBS via Getty Images

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Today, Matthew is a restauranteur in New York City. As for Emily, after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in 2015, she embarked on a career in architecture. She flips houses and does interior design work. 

The game show host also has an adopted daughter 

Jean isn’t Trebek’s first wife. Before the two met, the Canadian-born TV personality had been married to Elaine Callei. Married from 1974 to 1981, Trebek adopted Callei’s 6-year-old daughter, Nicky, whom she welcomed during a previous marriage.

Even though Callei and Trebek’s marriage ended, the Jeopardy! host maintains a close relationship with Nicky. In fact, she works with Trebek on the award-winning game show as a production coordinator. 

Alex Trebek’s kids on what they get from their dad

On Jean’s lifestyle website, Insidewink, she chatted with Nicky, Matthew, and Emily about their dad over dinner. They touched on what they can always find on the 79-year-old’s desk, their favorite childhood memories, and, of course, the traits they’ve inherited from Trebek. 

“We both tend to be discerning when it comes to sharing our feelings and I think we’re both very capable in taking care of most household repairs,” Matthew said. 

Alex Trebek poses with son, Matthew Trebek, at Giants of Broadcasting Honors in 2013
Alex Trebek with son, Matthew Trebek, at Giants of Broadcasting Honors | Rob Kim/Getty Images

“I have a similar passion for organization in my household,” Nicky said with a laugh. “Dad is extremely into cleanliness and organization.”

In a similar response, Emily also touched on Trebek’s tidiness and attention to detail. 

My Dad and I are both pretty Type-A individuals … I think I got a lot of my organizational, financial, and perfectionistic traits from him,” she said. 

Another trait Emily says she’s inherited? Trebek’s interest in home improvement. “He also has always been into construction so I think that rubbed off on me too,” she said. 

Alex Trebek’s kids ‘upset’ after his pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Announcing his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2019, Trebek continues to host Jeopardy! while undergoing treatment. Since going public with the news, he’s discussed his health situation in a number of interviews.

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One of them being an October 2019 interview with CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme where he admitted he wants to be grandparent before he dies. Trebek also opened up about how his kids’ initial reaction to the diagnosis.

“They were upset when they first learned about it, but they look at me and they don’t see too many changes in me, you know,” he said. “So it’s not like, ‘Oh god, he’s deteriorating before our very eyes.'”

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