Following Alex Trebek’s heartbreaking death, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings has spoken out, and it seems he has a bone to pick with the Grammys…
He was eighty-years-old.
Ken Jennings has spoken out about the late star.
For those of you that don’t know, Trebek has been hosting Jepoardy! for over thirty years.
Alex took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life.
The game show had originally aired in 1964, on NBC. It was created by host and media mogul, Merv Griffin. He even wrote the infamous theme song you hear when Jeopardy! contestants reach the final round.
And the show has been going strong ever since! It’s a good thing that there is a bunch of trivia facts floating around in the world these days…
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“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,” he said.
He knows all the answers, and his deep, calming voice has been a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
He went on hiatus in January of 2018 after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
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.
Even though he was not technically in remission yet, Trebek vowed to keep working while he was “on the mend.” One of the nation’s favorite treasures said: “I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease.”
What a man!
The new season of Jeopardy! with Trebek premiered on September 9th.
Following a loss of a whopping twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his “numbers go sky-high,” Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
“Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one.”
Alongside the jump in numbers, Trebek claimed he was experiencing “excruciating pain” in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
He was always so dedicated to his job, though…
And claimed he’d keep working “as long as my skills do not diminish,” although cold sores from his chemo left him struggling to enunciate.
“When it came to his career, he was forced to consider the “what ifs.”
He let fans know who he would like to step into his role on Jeopardy.
During a recent interview with Good Morning America, the infamous host revealed he would like his longtime friend Betty White to replace him on the show.
“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.”
“She checks all those boxes. Betty and I have been friends for a long, long time.”
His wife, Jean.
Trebek recently explained how his wife was the one that kept him going.
“She’s kept me alive. If it weren’t for Jean, I’d have put myself out of this a long time ago.”
“Love has kept me alive,” he added.
TMZ reported that Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on November 8th.
And now, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings has spoken out.
Jennings has been narrating Trebek’s memoir The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life, which was released in July…
And scored a nod for best-spoken word album at the Grammys after 2021’s nominations were announced.
“Wait, what??” he tweeted with a list of the category’s nominees, adding: “This should 100 percent be Alex’s Grammy nomination. He wrote the book and reads much of the audiobook! Who do I speak to about this?”
He clearly wasn’t happy with the Grammys!
The other nominees in the category include Flea for Acid for the Children: A Memoir, Rachel Maddow for Blowout, Ronan Farrow for Catch and Kill, and Meryl Streep and cast for Charlotte’s Web.
“I want to win this for Alex, but taking down Meryl Streep (& Full Cast) is gonna be sweet,” Jennings joked in another tweet.
For more on the star, scroll on for the heartbreaking way he spent his final day…