As for a possible replacement, “The show is not currently announcing any plans for a new host,” the statement said.
One person speculated as a possible successor to Trebek is Ken Jennings, who holds the record of 74 straight wins on the show.
Trebek with Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Jeopardy! The greatest of all time (Photo: Eric McCandless / ABC via Getty Images)
Jennings praised Trebek sweetly and said he was “grateful for every minute I was allowed to spend with him”. He also called him a “deeply decent man”.
Alex wasn’t just the best thing he ever did. He was also a gracious and deeply decent man, and I am grateful for every minute I spent with him. pic.twitter.com/CdHCcbqmp2
– Ken Jennings (@ KenJennings) November 8, 2020 say it should be Betty White, who will be 99 years old in January. He was signed to host the show through the 2021-2022 season. “data-reactid =” 68 “> In July Trebek joked about his possible successor, saying it should be Betty White, who will turn 99 in January, and has been hired to host the show for the 2021-2022 season.
“I knew he was in tremendous pain and when he left I saw him at the door and said, ‘You know, that was maybe the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen,'” he recalled. “He kind of bowed his head and looked up and said, ‘Well, thank you. ‘And that, you knew when he accepted that, that he was really fighting and that it was just so important to him to do this show and support all that it means to America. “
Richards revealed that Trebek had spent his weekend with family and friends. He had been married to his wife Jean since 1990 and they had two grown children, Emily, an LA real estate developer, and Matthew, the owner of Oso and Lucille’s restaurants in Harlem, NY.
Alex Trebek and Jean Currivan Trebek in 2019. (Photo: Michael Kovac / Getty Images for AFI)
Danger! Family feels a lot better. “” data-reactid = “101”> Richards added, “He was coherent. He wasn’t in pain and the fact that he had a great last day puts us all at risk! Family feels so much better.”
Flowers can be seen on Alex Trebek’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 8th. (Photo: Rich Fury / Getty Images)
Sony Pictures Television also paid tribute.
Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family. Alex Trebek was that soothing voice for 37 amazing years, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. pic.twitter.com/OTOag8jO9B
– Sony Pictures Television (@SPTV) November 8, 2020 Danger! Staff, crew and all of the millions of Alex fans. He was an industry legend who we got to see night after night for 37 years. For the past year and a half he has worked alongside him while heroically continuing to host Danger! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to excel has been 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. “” Data-reactid = “128”> In the statement from the show, Richards called Trebeks death “an enormous loss for the employees of Jeopardy !, crew and all the millions of Alex fans. He was an industry legend, we all 37 Seeing night after night for years. Working alongside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued Jeopardy! An incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to excel was the most inspiring demonstration of Courage I’ve ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his friendliness and his professionalism will be with all of us forever. “
In a statement, Pat Sajak called Trebek’s death “a tremendous loss to his family, friends, co-workers and the millions of viewers who watched his long and illustrious career.” It was an honor to be part of his professional family for almost 40 years. His strength, courage, and grace during his recent health struggles inspired countless others. Alex was really unique. “
Vanna White said in her own statement: “I will cherish the many memories I shared with Alex Trebek long before any of our careers began. I will always be in awe of the way he faced the fight he so valiantly fought, and I am devastated to lose my longtime friend. My heart goes out to his family, friends, employees and fans. There will never be another Alex Trebek and he will really be missed. “
Pat Sajak and Vanna White from the wheel of fortune with Trebek last November are among the celebrities paying tribute to the danger! Host. (Photo: David Livingston / Getty Images)