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Alex Trebek: ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants remember late game show host
Alex Trebek, the longtime “Jeopardy!” host, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The entertainment world is mourning the loss of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who died Sunday at age 80 after a public battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Ken Jennings, the contestant crowned the greatest “Jeopardy!” player of all time earlier this year, paid tribute to the host in a Twitter post Sunday.
“Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him,” Jennings wrote. “Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family – which, in a way, included millions of us.”
James Holzhauer, a fellow “GOAT” competitor who set multiple “Jeopardy!” records last year, called it “one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life.”
“You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex,” he added.
“Just gutted,” added the third “GOAT” contestant, Brad Rutter. “There will never be another. RIP, Alex, and thank you so much for everything.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Trebek, a native of Canada, 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,” Trudeau wrote alongside a photo of the two shaking hands. “My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.”
‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek dies at 80
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has died. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019. A previous version of this video misstated how many Emmys Trebek won.
“Growing up, he made me feel like my nerdiness was valuable and I loved learning from watching jeopardy,” wrote Padma Lakshmi. “It was our family’s nightly pleasure.”
“Bachelor” host Chris Harrison mourned losing a “hosting legend… and a real gentleman.”
“What an incredible career and remarkable life,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres. “I’m sending love to his family and fans.”
Ryan Seacrest likened Trebek to “a family member who I watched every night.”
“I remember going to the set to watch him tape a show before I started my TV career,” he tweeted. “He was a big influence and one of a kind. Rest In Peace, Alex.”
Fellow game show icon Steve Harvey wrote his “heart is so sad over the passing of the classiest game show host of all time!!!”
“His style was real to me,” he added. “Condolences to his entire family and fans”
Seth Meyers referred to Trebek as a “great giver of joy and knowledge.”
John Legend was “obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio,” he shared on Twitter.
“I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember,” Legend added. “What an iconic career.”
Viola Davis called Trebek a “true, true gentleman and courageous hero.”
Robert Iger, the former CEO of Disney, ABC’s parent company, remembered the host as a “friend, a colleague, an icon.
“He graced us with warmth, wit & pure elegance, which is why we welcomed him into our homes night after night, year after year,” Iger added. “We are deeply saddened for his wife Jean, his family & millions of Jeopardy fans.”
“The answer is….. THANK YOU! Alex Trebek,” tweeted Jamie Lee Curtis. “You were grace and guts and humor and deep love.”
Rosie Perez, who acted with Trebek in “White Men Can’t Jump,” remembered Trebek as being “kind and funny.”
“When I mispronounced Mt. Vesuvius, he went right along & ad-libbed ‘checking with the judges’ and the rest is history,” she wrote. “You will be missed!”
Armie Hammer thanked Trebek “for always being there at the end of the day to take my mind off things.”
Maria Shriver tweeted that her “heart breaks for the Trebek family,” calling the host a “legend.”
“There was no one like him,” she added. “Kind, elegant, talented, good. Heaven just became brighter and we here on earth mourn him.”
Peter Frampton recalled meeting Trebek once and the host making him feel “like we’d known each other forever.”
Journalist Katie Couric recalled watching “Jeopardy!” with her late husband Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998.
“It still makes me smile and think of him,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I am so sad to hear of his passing and I’m sending love to the Trebek family. He will always be an American treasure.”
Alex Trebek dies: “Jeopardy!” host dies at 80 after pancreatic cancer battle
“Couldn’t we have one nice weekend?” wrote late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. “A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. Rest well, Mr. Trebek.”
“Goodbye legend. What is … greatness,” tweeted “Frozen” star Josh Gad, along with a photo of the two of them together on the “Jeopardy!” set.
Ryan Reynolds recalled the host joining him in 2019 on the set of upcoming action/comedy “Free Guy.”
“He was gracious and funny,” Reynolds wrote. “In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.”