I am a smart guy. I know, being smart is not something you’re allowed to brag about. You can brag about Pass Completion Ratings in Football, Batting .330 in Baseball, or a great Goals Allowed Average in Hockey, but don’t you dare ever make someone feel less smart by knowing stuff. However, there was one place to show off, Jeopardy. Unfortunately, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek passed away at 80 this morning.
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
I always wanted to be on Jeopardy. I watch it almost nightly and I have taken the contestant test several times. Unfortunately, a series of health issues pretty much means I’ll never get on. To put the icing on this s#!& cake, I will never get to meet Alex Trebek now.
I do not think any person has ever had a negative thing to say about Jeopardy’s host. Alex Trebek was always a pleasure to watch and his interactions with contestants are famous. Last year’s marathon winner, James Holzhauer(33 Wins and $2.4m in prize money) had many famous moments with Alex. Some of the funniest moments from that month were when Alex would offer sympathy to the challengers facing Holzhauer.
Countless former contestants and fans have been expressing their gratitude, memories, and feelings about the Jeopardy host. Twitter is filled with the stories of the legend we lost this morning:
It was 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. https://t.co/LLoUASRMa9
— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) November 8, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/CdHCcbqmp2
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 8, 2020
Just gutted. There will never be another. RIP, Alex, and thank you so much for everything. https://t.co/4FMlgaFYvI
— Brad Rutter (@bradrutter) November 8, 2020
This is really heartbreaking and I am not sure exactly where to file these emotions away at. I feel similar to when Stan Lee died almost three years ago. So many people that have been a major part of my life are passing away. Time keeps moving, and I hate it.
I’ll take The Right Thing To Say for $2000 Alex.
“This phrase, often offered after death, is abbreviated with three letters.”
What is Rest In Peace… Alex.
Tell us your Jeopardy and Alex memories in the comments below.
Source: Jeopardy (via Twitter)