Back in November, we awoke to the heartbreaking news that TV host and national hero, Alex Trebek, had passed away.
Now, Jeopardy! has offered up a temporary new host - and past contestants are not happy, for a very big reason...
The world has lost a legend.
via: Getty ImagesIt was confirmed on November 8th that the Jeopardy! host had tragically died at the age of eighty.
The tributes were quick to flood in...
rip Alex Trebeck 🕊— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1604856522.0
Rest In Peace, Alex Trebeck. A brilliant educator and fixture of our lives for decades he made everyone who watched… https://t.co/vDQiT5EBVS— Tom Morello (@Tom Morello)1604858287.0
Look it sounds corny as hell and I'm sorry but Alex Trebeck meant so much to me and when I was alone and sad Jeopar… https://t.co/I0E2z9LOSr— Elle M. (they/them) (@Elle M. (they/them))1604857804.0
A great one is gone. RIP Alex Trebeck. https://t.co/v0gkiVm5oe— Marc Sessler (@Marc Sessler)1604856691.0
RIP Alex Trebeck. One of the last classy people on television 🙏🏼— Sheltered Corgi (@Sheltered Corgi)1604856235.0
These guys know nothing about sports. 😂 But Alex Trebeck had a knack for getting guests to show their human side. B… https://t.co/0QmRqXEwTR— Vic Vela (@Vic Vela)1604863698.0
This one hurts. He’s one of the reasons I became so interested in subjects like art, history & always wanting to co… https://t.co/300LnVrinD— Donna 🧚♀️ (@Donna 🧚♀️)1604858172.0
Now, for those of you that don't know, Trebek had 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.
But Trebek wasn't just a TV host - he was essentially America's dad.
via: Getty ImagesHe knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice was a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
He remained dedicated to his job throughout his full ordeal.
via: Getty ImagesTrebek 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."
via: Getty Images“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."
via: Getty Images“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?"
But in November he finally lost his battle.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0
TMZ reported that Trebek has lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.
The Jeoprady! Twitter account quickly confirmed the reports...
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by fa… https://t.co/I8GuVbsvPY— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1604856442.0
But, in the aftermath of his death, people had one big question.
Who would replace him as a host?
There are certainly big shoes to fill.
But the latest temporary host has caused controversy.
So much so, in fact ...
That past contestants have written an open letter asking the production to reconsider.
"When we heard that Dr. Mehmet Oz was slated to be a guest host, agreement came quickly — we were opposed."
"Dr. Oz stands in opposition to everything that Jeopardy! stands for. Jeopardy! is a show that values facts and knowledge."
"Throughout his nearly two decades on television, he has used his authority as a doctor to push harmful ideas onto the American public, in stark contrast with his oath to first do no harm."
"These ideas include promoting supplements that do nothing, legitimizing gay conversion therapy (which is banned in California, as well as 19 other states), dangerous "cures" for autism, and, most recently, the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19."
"None of these things is backed by any scientific fact and by promoting them he is actively putting his viewers in danger."
"And what kind of message does this send to the LGBTQ+ and autistic contestants and viewers of Jeopardy!?"
"Jeopardy! is known for being incredibly rigorous; a well-deserved reputation."
"To then invite Dr. Oz to guest-host is a slap in the face to all involved."
The letter has over fifty signatures.
Do you agree with them?