The question is: The coolest and most inspiring game-show host ever. The answer, of course, is: Who is Alex Trebek? After battling pancreatic cancer for years, Alex Trebek has died. For those following his ongoing battles and triumphs, the news of his death is doubly shocking. Not only is the loss of such a beloved public figure a massive bummer, but also, for a while, it felt like Trebek was immortal.
Well, he is immortal. Kind of. Not only will ABC continue to air new Jeopardy! episodes with Alex Trebek for the next six weeks, the impact of Jeopardy! and Trebek’s kind and cool demeanor as the show’s host will last for as long as people are obsessed with trivia. For generations, Trebek has been the guy who had all the answers (or questions) but managed to make you feel good even if you got most of the clues wrong. Trebek liked to surround himself with smart people, and in doing so, turned being smart into something noteworthy and heroic. Every kid who watches Jeopardy! gets the same message: Knowing things is more valuable than spinning a wheel or jumping through hoops. Trebek taught kids and adults alike that lesson over and over again: True knowledge is the greatest treasure, and the best part is, you can never really stop learning.
After Trebek’s death, fans and colleagues around the world paid tribute. Here are some of the ways people are celebrating the life and career of Alex Trebek.
CBS reminded us that Trebek once hosted a music show called “Music Hop.”
Before he became the iconic host of “Jeopardy!” Alex Trebek first hosted “Music Hop” starting in 1963. Check out this clip from the CBC show that helped launch Trebek's career. pic.twitter.com/dL0JpN2Xhs
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 9, 2020
Ken Jennings reminded us that Trebek was “the best ever.”
"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," Ken Jennings wrote. https://t.co/QUiMdhDqnR
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 9, 2020
Some people are already asking for a reboot of SNL’s “Celebrity Jeopardy.”
I don’t care what it takes,… @nbcsnl needs to get Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond back for a Celebrity Jeopardy (Trebek/ Connery) tribute.
— CoachRTM (@CoachRTM) November 9, 2020
Like, people really want this Sean Connery-Alex Trebek thing to happen. (Note, Connery was never on Jeopardy! IRL.)
Alex Trebek passed so soon after Sean Connery.
I'm begging SNL to do a tribute. pic.twitter.com/Csdw6pvq4H
— Kristen R. (@kbfornow) November 8, 2020
Many posted excellent time-elapse videos, show us Trebek’s looks over the years, including his waxing and waning mustache..
RIP Alex Trebek. You entertained generations of viewers—teaching us so many random facts and putting countless smiles on our faces in the process. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/NTXOM9GRg8
— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) November 8, 2020
But best of all, people who were inspired as children (and some former childhood contestants!) shared their thoughts. Kendra James, a non-fiction writer, and the editor-in-chief of Star Trek.com, noted that she won her first personal computer because of Jeopardy!
Genuinely cannot say enough about what that first random appearance did for me. Every kid got sent home with the same prizes, with the exception of the winner's $$ total. So JEOPARDY! was how I got my first personal computer in my bedroom.
— 17 Minute Rain Delay (@KendraJames_) November 8, 2020
Here’s how you can watch Jeopardy! on Netflix (for now.)
Jeopardy! currently airs at 7:30 pm EST on weeknights on ABC.