“Jeopardy!” Host Alex Trebek Revered Online For His Kindness, Wit, And Philanthropy
Fans, celebrities, world leaders, and former “Jeopardy!” contestants paid tribute to Trebek and his legacy, and revisited memorable moments from the long-running game show.
After longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died at 80 on Sunday, tributes poured in to his legacy, demeanour, and love of facts.
The death of Trebek, a beloved television personality, came over a year after he announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
After the news broke, celebrities, former contestants, and fans of the long-running game show remembered Tebek’s legacy and its impact — and shared other memorable “Jeopardy!” moments.
I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek.— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek made you feel smart and proud, smarter than your dad or your sister or whoever in the never ending family tournament - or ready to reclaim the crown, and he was always on your side, he was part of the family. He was part of ours.— Kate Beaton (@beatonna) November 8, 2020
Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 8, 2020
We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/XoobAfJwBv— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 8, 2020
In addition to hosting “Jeopardy!” for more than three decades, Trebek advocated for and donated to many charitable causes. His wit, kindness and philanthropic nature inspired the show’s many viewers and contestants — one of whom memorably showed admiration for the host mid-game.
Trebek was also an avid sports fan and was quick to playfully tease contestants who weren’t as apt in the subject. He was also passionate about geography and moderated the National Geographic Bee for 25 years in addition to his “Jeopardy!” duties.
According to a report by Variety, Trebek’s last day in the “Jeopardy!” studio was October 29, more than a week before his passing. The report also said that episodes hosted by Trebek will air posthumously, with the final episode airing on Christmas.