On the 8 November 2020, American television lost one of the greats. Alexander Trebek had been the host of the acclaimed game show Jeopardy! from its revival in 1984 until his death last year. He has once again been recognised for his dedication to the longtime-running show.
Read on to find out more…
The world lost a legend.
On November 8th, it was confirmed that the Jeopardy! host had tragically died at the age of eighty.
The tributes were quick to flood in…
From celebrities and fans of the show alike.
Now, for those of you that don’t know, Trebek hosted the popular quiz show for over thirty years.
The beloved TV personality took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life in 1984. He worked right up until his death, as he was contracted to work for Jeopardy! until 2022.
But Trebek wasn’t just a TV host – he was essentially America’s dad.
He knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice was a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
But, last year, Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
In a video posted on the official Jeopardy! Twitter account, he explained:
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease.”
But this wasn’t Trebek’s first health scare.
He went on hiatus in January of 2018 after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain.
But, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered.
Because it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!.
After the initial scare, we’d all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.
However, the host was still battling the disease.
Even though he was not technically in remission, Trebek has vowed that he would keep working while he was “on the mend.” He said:
“I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease.”
It’s needless to say, fans were delighted to see his return.
The new season of Jeopardy! premiered on September 9th, and Trebek put on one hell of a show.
But fans were then hit with even more heartbreaking news.
Following a loss of twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his “numbers go sky-high,” Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
“The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing.”
“Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one.”
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.
He explained how he was experiencing “excruciating pain” in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
“So we’re back on the chemo.”
“We’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do… they can’t keep doing it forever of course.”
“They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer.”
“We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”
He remained dedicated to his job throughout his full ordeal, however…
And Trebek insisted on working “as long as my skills do not diminish.”
“I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving.”
“But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’”
“I’m not afraid of dying.”
“I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid of that?”
And, just before his death, he revealed who he would like to step into his role on Jeopardy!.
During an interview with Good Morning America earlier this year, the host revealed he would like his longtime friend Betty White to replace him on the show.
He believed that she would be perfect for the job.
“I have no say whatsoever in who will replace me when my days as the host of Jeopardy! end. But I joked with the audience and said Betty White because they want somebody younger and somebody funnier.”
Well, in November 2020, the tragic day finally came.
TMZ reported that Trebek had lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.
The Jeoprady! Twitter account quickly confirmed the reports…
While informing his fans that he had “passed away peacefully at home” surrounded by family and friends.
Well, he has now been posthumously nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
He has won the award 6 times previously for ‘Outstanding Game Show Host’ over his 30 year dedication to the show.
He is up against some of the greats.
Other nominees for the award include Wayne Brady, Steve Harvey, Alfonso Ribeiro and Pat Sajak.
Nominees are selected by industry expert panels; not the general membership. Winners have already been selected (but remain secret) since they are the ones who collect the highest score during the nomination process. That’s why you never see For Your Consideration ads for the Daytime Emmys.
“He didn’t enjoy being overly complimented or fawned over,” show producer Mike Richards said. “He was Alex Trebek and he didn’t suffer that kind of bloviating, as he would describe it.”
“Even in his book he described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife Jean and kind of watching the horizon and he got to do that. He was coherent, he wasn’t in pain and the fact that he had a nice final day, I think makes all of us in the Jeopardy! family feel much better.”
The Daytime Emmys will be presented on June 25 on CBS.
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