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Celebrities Remember ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek

Trebek died on Nov. 8 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Answer: He is the Guinness World Record holder for the most game show episodes hosted by one announcer, and he is beloved by millions of fans across the world.

Of course, you know the correct response, posed in “Jeopardy!” format: “Who is Alex Trebek?”

Today, the world is mourning the loss of Trebek, who died Nov. 8 following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Official word of Trebek’s death came from the “Jeopardy!” Twitter account, which posted that Trebek had passed away peacefully while surrounded by family and friends.

Immediately, fans everywhere — including many celebrities — took to social media to share their condolences, tributes and memories of a man who has been a part of our television culture for four decades.

“I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio,” tweeted John Legend. “I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career.”

“Family Feud” host Steve Harvey called Trebek “the classiest game show host of all time” in his memorial tweet.

Actress Rosie Perez shared a candid memory involving Trebek’s cameo appearance in a film that featured Perez. The two worked together on the 1992 film “White Men Can’t Jump.”

“Will never forget filming with him,” Perez tweeted. “He was kind and funny. When I mispronounced Mt. Vesuvius, he went right along & ad-libbed ‘checking with the judges’, and the rest is history. You will be missed! xoxo.”

Actor Ryan Reynolds had the opportunity to work with Trebek even as the “Jeopardy!” host battled cancer when Trebek made a cameo in the movie “Free Guy.”

Actor Joe Mantegna’s tribute recalled the times they spent together as parents and peers.

Even the United States Central Intelligence Agency expressed grief over the passing of the TV legend, tweeting that Trebek had been a favorite among CIA staffers.

 

As for those who were made celebrities by “Jeopardy!”, Ken Jennings, the highest-earning contestant ever, posted a fun photo of himself and Trebek on the set of the popular game show.

“Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did,” Jennings shared. “He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him.”

Fellow “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer won more than $2 million during his tenure on the show in 2019. He remembered his time with Trebek as “one of the great privileges of my life.”

Trebek stopped filming the game show on Oct. 29, according to Sony Pictures. However, the remaining episodes featuring the iconic host will continue to air through Dec. 25.

The Christmas Day episode will mark Trebek’s final appearance on “Jeopardy!”

“Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family,” said Tony Vinciquerra, chairman-CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Variety. “For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of ‘Jeopardy!’ and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives.”