Alex Trebek’s daughter, Nicky Trebek, continues her father’s legacy of kindness and generosity. Looking back at his father’s indelible mark on culture and tireless dedication to his fans, Nicky opened up to ET about how he keeps his father’s torch burning.
Speaking with ET’s Lauren Zima, Nicky explained how, since Alex’s death last year, she has focused on “getting involved in as many things as possible that he had started. That seems to give me purpose.”
Trebek died on November 8 after a long battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In 2019, Alex and his wife Jean, along with Nicky, attended the PanCAN PurpleStride, a fundraising walk benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
“Seeing him on stage with the other survivors, it’s not something he would normally do, join a bunch of strangers, he’s very humble, you know, a shy man,” she recalled. “Seeing him join everyone on stage and share his story and really become one with the other survivors was amazing to me.”
In honor of his father’s involvement, he launched a fundraising team and is participating in this year’s PurpleStride virtual event. Team Nicky Trebek has already raised more than $ 5,000 for the event, which begins May 1.
“I will stay with PanCAN and be their advocate for as long as I can, and if I can,” she shared. “Anything you can do to help them post, galore on social media, and just get people out there.”
One of the things Nicky remembered most about his father was his appreciation for his fans and his kind and caring personality. Especially when it came to receiving fan mail.
“When I think of my dad, I think of the word gentle. And I want everyone to know how gentle he was and how each and every letter meant something to him,” Nicky said. “I swear to you, there is not one of those things where there is a copy of his signature.”
He recalled how, when he was younger, he received several boxes of fan letters, sometimes every week, that he brought home and read diligently.
“He would unpack them. He would sign everything. That’s what made him feel good,” he said. “At your desk, signing everything and making sure each person has an answer to their question, to their hope, to their plea.”
“And that’s his legacy: the way he treated his fans.”
Alex’s Legacy is also his long-running and beloved television game show, Danger! In the wake of his death, the show has turned to a number of guest presenters and has yet to decide on a permanent replacement. However, Nicky feels that his father would have supported whatever decision the producers made.
“I just know that Dad would have supported everyone and given their best wishes to everyone. And I hope they take their time, you know? That’s it,” she shared. “AND [the producers] know what they are doing. They are all so wonderful and have been doing this for a long time. They are going to make big decisions. “
Meanwhile, Alex’s son Matthew recently announced that he would donate his father’s wardrobe to The Doe Fund, a charity that helps the homeless and previously incarcerated re-enter the workforce.
Watch the video below to learn more about how Matthew is honoring his father’s legacy of generosity and kindness.