September 27, 2021

Alex Trebek birthday: Remembering late ‘Jeopardy!’ icon, who was born 81 years ago on this day

NEW YORK — There is not any query: Alex Trebek is dearly missed by all his followers.

Eight months after his dying and 6 months after his remaining “Jeopardy!” episode aired, the legendary recreation present host is being remembered and celebrated on what would have been his 81st birthday.

Trebek was born on July 22, 1940. He died in November 2020 after his open and public battle with stage 4 pancreatic most cancers.

For practically 4 a long time, with fashion and a humorousness, he was the person with all of the solutions who requested for questions and earned a spot within the Guinness E-book of World Information for essentially the most recreation present episodes hosted by the identical particular person.

He was a grasp of the format, participating in pleasant banter with contestants and showing genuinely happy once they answered accurately. He was additionally capable of transfer the sport alongside in a brisk no-nonsense vogue every time folks struggled for solutions.

He has received seven Daytime Emmys for his work on the present and obtained a lifetime achievement Emmy award in 2011.

Trebek had served because the face of the sport present since its debut in daytime syndication in 1984. With greater than 8,200 episodes below his belt, he holds the Guinness World File for Most Sport Present Episodes Hosted by the Identical Presenter.

“I’m like the energizer bunny,” he mentioned in 2014. “Thump, thump thump.”

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The one time someone aside from Trebek has hosted an episode of this iteration of “Jeopardy” was when Trebek and “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak swapped exhibits for an April Idiot’s prank, based on the Related Press.

The sport present host celebrated 36 years with “America’s favorite quiz show” in September and launched his memoir, “The Answer Is …: Reflections on My Life,” in July.

In March of 2019, Trebek had introduced his prognosis in a video message launched on “Jeopardy” social media accounts.

“Normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working,” he mentioned. “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

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The ultimate episode Trebek taped earlier than his passing aired on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. It had no remaining farewell, and no final remarks or particular goodbye from the host who didn’t know he would die lower than two weeks after recording his remaining episode.

Trebek signed off by saying, “Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for spending the time with us. We’ll see you again next week.”

The present has not but named Trebek’s everlasting alternative. A collection of interim visitor hosts, together with ABC Information anchors George Stephanopoulo and Robin Roberts, actor LeVar Burton and the present’s “Greatest of All Time” Ken Jennings, amongst others, are emceeing this system in his absence.

The video within the media participant above was utilized in a earlier report.


The Related Press contributed to this report.