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    Alex Trebek’s wife puts on happy face for first Christmas without ‘Jeopardy’ host

    The widow of Alex Trebek offered the gift of optimism on Christmas Day.

    Jean Trebek marked the holiday — her first without the venerable “Jeopardy!” host — with some sage advice.

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    “Time is too precious to be spent on anything other than kindness,” the 57-year-old captioned an Instagram photo of their two children: Emily, 27, and 30-year-old Matthew. “Many blessings of beauty and joy to you and all you hold dear!”

    Alex Trebek died from pancreatic cancer during filming of his 37th season on the game show.

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    Alex Trebek died in November of pancreatic cancer.
    Alex Trebek died in November of pancreatic cancer. (ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

    Jean Trebek, who practices energy and sound healing, referred to her life with Alex as a “gift” in a July essay on the self-help website Guideposts.

    “Alex has been everything to me. I met him when I was 21, a challenging period in my life,” she wrote at the time. “His friendship — we were friends for a long time before becoming a couple — changed my life.”

    Among the millions of fans who mourned Trebek’s death were numerous celebrities, including Ryan Reynolds, Viola Davis and Maria Shriver, who paid tribute to the entertainer who helped bridge the generation gap amid families.

    Trebek, who passed away Nov. 8, was cremated and his ashes are residing inside his Studio City, Calif., home, reported The Blast in late November.

    Rampant speculation abounds as to who will become Trebek’s permanent replacement. Among the leading contenders are former “Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings, who reeled off a 74-game winning streak in 2004; Los Angeles Kings play-by-play broadcaster Alex Faust and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor LeVar Burton, who was also the longtime host of the educational series “Reading Rainbow.”

    Immediately following Trebek’s death, the sportsbook Sportsbetting.ag listed Jennings at even money to assume Trebek’s seat. ABC News political commentator George Stephanopoulos was a strong favorite at 7/2.

    The dark-horse candidates included actor Neil Patrick Harris (25/1), comedian Jon Stewart (33/1) and Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews at 50/1).

    Even Donald Trump is in the mix once he leaves the White House. But at 1000/1, his odds of hosting “Jeopardy!” are about as faint as him remaining president on Jan. 21, 2021.

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