Following Alex Trebek's heartbreaking death, actor Ryan Reynolds has revealed the final conversation he had with the star and the huge impact it left on him...
The beloved TV host tragically passed away on November 8th.He was eighty-years-old.
And, as tributes continue to flood in...
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.
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 then 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.
"So we're back on the chemo."
via: Getty"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."
via: Getty"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...
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.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0