A television titan fell. Alex Trebek, who hosted ‘Jeopardy!’ For more than three decades, died after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Alex Trebek, a television legend, a pop culture icon and a man synonymous with the game show Jeopardy !, died. The host passed away after revealing to fans that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019. Although Alex had vowed to fight the disease, even he admitted that he faced a low “survival rate” of 7%. Unfortunately, he was right, as he succumbed to the disease on Sunday, November 8.
“Danger! Is sad to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” a post shared on the program’s official posts on Twitter and Instagram read. “Thanks, Alex,” the statement said. of his illness, Alex didn’t retire from the longtime game show and remained the host. In a post on the official website of Jeopardy! scheduled to air on December 25, 2020.
“This is a huge loss for Jeopardy! team, team and all the millions of Alex fans, ”Mike Richards, executive producer of Jeopardy! also said in a statement. “He was an industry legend that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working alongside him for the past year and a half, while heroically continuing to host Jeopardy! it was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to strive to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring display of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness and his professionalism will be with us all forever, ”he added.
Alex chose not to hide his diagnosis from the public, opting to reveal his cancer in a video for all his fans. “Hello everyone,” said Alex in 2019, demonstrating his characteristic tone of voice that was half “supportive high school teacher”, half “encouraging grandfather”. “Now, like 50,000 others in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, the prognosis for it is usually not very encouraging, but I will fight it and I will keep working. Truth be told, I need it! Because, according to the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we will win. We will do that. Thanks.”
For a moment, it looked like Alex would be among the rare ones who would beat stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In late May 2019, he told PEOPLE magazine that he reacted exceptionally well to chemotherapy and that his tumors had shrunk by 50%. “The doctors said they had not seen this type of positive result in their memory,” he said at the time, adding that his doctors said he was at levels “close to remission”.
The man George Alexander Trebek in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, has been a night television star for nearly forty years. After starting his television career in 1963, featuring a Canadian music program called Music Hop, he moved to the United States in the early 1970s to present The Wizard of Odds. In 1974, he introduced the popular High Rollers until his cancellation in 1980. While appearing on a variety of shows, Alex would have his biggest chance in 1984, when the late Merv Griffin invited him to perform the Jeopardy revival!
“If I hadn’t landed a job as a Jeopardy host,” he told The Daily Beast in 2017, “I probably would have stayed in the same business and could have presented other game shows that would have been canceled many, many years ago, but I had luck and finished with this program. Remember that I’ve been broadcasting for 55 years, so it’s not like it came on suddenly. “
Alex suggested retirement in 2018 while speaking with Harvey Levin on OBJECTified. “[I] mentioned to our producer not too long ago that the guy who plays the play for the Los Angeles Kings [Alex Faust], they should consider him,” said Alex when mentioning it as a possible replacement. He also suggested attorney Laura Coates – a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and Internal Affairs at Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School – as someone else who could take over the program for him. He later joked that his friend Betty White, 98, could replace him! Jeopardy! statement published on the website states that “the program is not announcing plans for a new presenter at this time”.
Before his death, Alex Trebek was married twice. He and businesswoman Elaine Callei were married in 1974. They divorced in 1981. Nine years later, he and Jean Currivan, a New York real estate project manager, got married. The two had two children together – son Matthew and daughter Emily. In 1998, Alex, born in Canada, became an American citizen.
Despite being a television icon, Alex has always remained humble about his placement in the annals of pop culture. “Oh, the show will go on without me,” Alex told The Daily Beast. “Bob Barker has retired and Drew Carey is doing a good job at Price. Monty Hall, my good friend, died [in 2017] and Wayne Brady is doing a good job on Let’s Make a Deal. Then there will come a time when Pat [Sajak] and I [retire] – I will probably leave before Pat, because he is younger – and someone else will come and replace us. No problem. “Although there is another host on Jeopardy, there will be no replacement for Alex Trebek.