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“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.

Alex Trebek poses on the set of the "Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament Show Taping on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California. | Getty Images
Alex Trebek poses on the set of the "Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament Show Taping on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California. | Getty Images

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. 

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.