Alex Trebek Passed Away

Jeopardy’s Loss


Abby Adkins, Staff Writer

Late Sunday night, on November 8th, Alex Trebek, the famous host of Jeopardy for over 37 seasons, passed away due to pancreatic cancer. In March 2019 he announced he had stage 4 cancer and got an over-pouring amount of support from fans. 

Contestant Ken Jennings tweeted Sunday he was thinking of Trebek’s family and the “Jeopardy!” family, “which, in a way, included millions of us,”  he said.”Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did,” Jennings wrote. “He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him.” 

Jennings also compared Trebek to CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, tweeting, “Alex Trebek is in a way the last Cronkite: authoritative, reassuring TV voice you hear every night, almost to the point of ritual.” He was known to go through each and every clue for each episode and rewrite them into his own “flavor”. 

 He passed Bob Parker  the host of “The Price is Right”for hosting the most episodes and he was added into the Guinness book of world records. He hosted over 3200 episodes of Jeopardy, which is the most by a presenter of a single TV game show.

In 1966, before Jeopardy, in his 20s, Trebek quit being a journalist and switched to hosting game shows. He also hosted “Reach To The Top”, and “ Jackpot” before he landed what turned out to be his big break in 1984 for Jeopardy.

Trebek earned many awards over the course of his career, including the Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding game show host, which he won a total of seven times, most recently in July. He also received a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys in June 2011. In 2018 he started hinting it might be time to retire but he then signed one last contract extension, which was to run through 2022.

His last day in the studio according to Sony Pictures was October 29, which puts them at airing everything they have recorded now until December 25. Sony Pictures has stated “The show is not announcing plans for a new host at this time.”