On the 8 November 2020, American television lost one of the greats. Alexander Trebek had been the host of the acclaimed game show Jeopardy! from its revival in 1984 until his death last year. He has once again been recognised for his dedication to the longtime-running show.
Read on to find out more...
The world lost a legend.
On November 8th, it was confirmed 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
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
My dad & I are very sad about the passing of Alex Trebek. Watching @Jeopardy is such a nice tradition. It’s like Al… https://t.co/LRj32vnqVZ— Ash Kalra 🌱 (@Ash Kalra 🌱)1604981202.0
Alex Trebek, host of @Jeopardy, won the hearts of many including CIA's workforce. We will miss you, Alex. May you… https://t.co/JV9awQBn87— CIA (@CIA)1604935525.0
Now, for those of you that don't know, Trebek 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 in 1984. He worked right up until his death, as he was contracted to work for Jeopardy! until 2022.
But Trebek wasn't just a TV host - he was essentially America's dad.
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
But this wasn't Trebek's first health scare.
He went on hiatus in January of 2018 after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain.
But, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered.
However, the host was still battling the disease.
Even though he was not technically in remission, Trebek has vowed that he would keep working while he was "on the mend." He said:
"I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease."
It's needless to say, fans were delighted to see his return.
The new season of Jeopardy! premiered on September 9th, and Trebek put on one hell of a show.
But fans were then hit with even more heartbreaking news.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."
"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.explained how he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
"So we're back on the chemo."
"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer."
He remained dedicated to his job throughout his full ordeal, however...
"I'm sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they're forgiving."
"I’m not afraid of dying."
And, just before his death, he revealed who he would like to step into his role on Jeopardy!.
During an interview with Good Morning America earlier this year, the host revealed he would like his longtime friend Betty White to replace him on the show.
He believed that she would be perfect for the job.
Well, in November 2020, the tragic day finally came.
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 had 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
Well, he has now been posthumously nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
He has won the award 6 times previously for 'Outstanding Game Show Host' over his 30 year dedication to the show.
He is up against some of the greats.
Other nominees for the award include Wayne Brady, Steve Harvey, Alfonso Ribeiro and Pat Sajak.
Nominees are selected by industry expert panels; not the general membership. Winners have already been selected (but remain secret) since they are the ones who collect the highest score during the nomination process. That's why you never see For Your Consideration ads for the Daytime Emmys.
"He didn't enjoy being overly complimented or fawned over," show producer Mike Richards said. "He was Alex Trebek and he didn't suffer that kind of bloviating, as he would describe it."
"Even in his book he described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife Jean and kind of watching the horizon and he got to do that. He was coherent, he wasn't in pain and the fact that he had a nice final day, I think makes all of us in the Jeopardy! family feel much better."
The Daytime Emmys will be presented on June 25 on CBS.
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