Earlier this month the tragic news emerged that Alex Trebek has passed away, and now, after much speculation over who should be the next Jeopardy! host, it has been announced…
Jeopardy! host, Alex Trebek, tragically passed away on November 8th.
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…
“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.
Even in times of darkness, this guy is stronger than ever – and shows us that he has a great sense of humor.
Remember when the biggest Jeopardy! news was Trebek’s beard? I, for one, liked it.
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 has vowed that he will keep working while he’s “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 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 claims he was experiencing “excruciating pain” in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
“We’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do… they can’t keep doing it forever of course.”
“We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”
He was always so dedicated to his job, though…
And claimed he’ll keep working “as long as my skills do not diminish,” although cold sores from his chemo have left him struggling to enunciate.
“When it came to his career, he was forced to consider the “what ifs.”
He’s letting 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, and even went onto say that he would not be here with us today if it wasn’t for her.
“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 has lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on November 8th.
And in an interview shortly before his death, he revealed that he had planned an ‘exit’ speech for Jeopardy following his death.
“What I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the showdown to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want’. I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me … then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”
Sharing who they believe it should be with particular name appearing often.
“Between hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing the brainiac engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: the Next Generation, and filling the roll of Kunta Kinte in the ever important mini-series Roots, LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds,” it reads.
“This petition is to show Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and producers Mike Richards and Harry Friedman just how much love the public has for Burton, and how much we’d all love to see him as the next host of Jeopardy!”
With over 50,000 signatures at the time of writing.
But we need not speculate anymore.
Ken Jennings, popular contestant, and Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time tournament winner will serve as the first of a series of interim guest hosts.
With Sony Pictures Television saying that more guest hosts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards said, “Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him.”
Variety reported he also added, “We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers.”
Jeopardy! will air a selection of 10 of Trebek’s best episodes in celebration of the beloved host between December 21st and 28th.
Episodes hosted by Jennings and other guest hosts will begin airing from January 11th.
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