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...
The beloved TV host tragically passed away on November 8th.He was eighty-years-old.
For those of you that don't know, Trebek has been hosting Jepoardy! for over thirty years.
via: GettyAlex 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.
After having its run on syndicated TV during the late '70s, producers decided to bring back the show for another run.
via: GettyAnd 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...
But last year, Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
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.
A Message from Alex Trebek: https://t.co/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1551909902.0
Trebek isn't just a TV host, he's essentially America's dad.
via: GettyHe knows all the answers, and his deep, calming voice has been a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
But this wasn't Trebek's first health scare.undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered...
via: GettyBecause 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.
The host was still battling the disease.
via: GettyEven 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!
It might have been strange to watch him on our screens again knowing his condition, but we were so happy to see him return!The new season of Jeopardy! with Trebek premiered on September 9th.
But fans were soon, yet again, hit with heartbreaking news.
via: GettyFollowing 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.
"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing."
via: Getty"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.
via: GettyAlongside 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...
via: GettyAnd claimed he'd keep working "as long as my skills do not diminish," although cold sores from his chemo left him struggling to enunciate.
Amid his health battle..."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.
He thought 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."
He continued:"She checks all those boxes. Betty and I have been friends for a long, long time."
But there's another woman who was his supporting rock.His wife, Jean. Trebek recently explained how his wife was the one that kept him going.
He told PEOPLE this:"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.
But earlier this month, he finally lost his battle.
TMZ reported that Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on November 8th.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0
Tributes have been pouring in for the star from both fellow celebs and fans...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.
The audiobook is also narrated by Trebek, however, so Jennings was confused as to why he held the nomination solo.
"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!
Wait, what?? https://t.co/6qP0iaUVGT— Ken Jennings (@Ken Jennings)1606240610.0
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.
This should 100% be Alex's Grammy nomination. He wrote the book and reads much of the audiobook! Who do I speak to about this— Ken Jennings (@Ken Jennings)1606240738.0