Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy!” since its launch in 1984 in distribution, died of pancreatic cancer. He was 80.
The official “Jeopardy!” The Twitter account announced the news on Sunday morning.
“” Jeopardy! “It is very sad to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home earlier this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
Risk! It was sad to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home earlier this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thanks, Alex. pic.twitter.com/Yk2a90CHIM
– Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 8, 2020
Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. “I have lived a good life, a full life and I am going to end that life,” he told USA Today in October. Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company that has owned the show since the broadcast company The predecessor Columbia Pictures, which acquired Merv Griffin Enterprises in 1986, confirmed “Jeopardy!” episodes organized by Trebek will air through December 25.
Trebek’s final day in the studio is October 29. Sony has said the program will not immediately deal with its plans to appoint a successor to Trebek.
“Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family,” said Tony Vinciquerra, President and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “During 37 wonderful years, Alex has been that comforting voice, a moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long hard day for millions of people around the world. He is the heart and soul of ‘Jeopardy!’ and he will miss all the people who made him a part of their lives. ”
The jovial girl won five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Host. In 2011, Trebek received the Peabody Award for “encouraging, rewarding and rewarding knowledge”; “Risk!” is the only game show after 1960 to be honored as such.
The Gameshow created by Merv Griffin was first aired on NBC from 1964-75, once the province of host Art Fleming, who passed away in 1995. But now it’s hard to think of the show. is something separate from Trebek.
Trebek has held the Guinness World Record for multiple gameshow organized by the same host (same show) since June 13, 2014. Trebek has hosted more than 8,200 episodes of “Jeopardy!” during 37 seasons. Parallel broadcasts in most markets with “Wheel of Fortune”, have delivered incredible endurance ratings, most of which is attributed to Trebek’s popularity and longevity as is the host.
Bob Iger, Disney’s executive chairman, has named Trebek “a friend, a colleague and an icon”. “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” have been aired for decades on ABC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other markets.
“He infatuated us with pure kindness, warmth, witty witty and pure elegance, which is why we welcome him into our homes night after night,” Iger said. , year after year ”. “He also showed us what courage looks like when he fights cancer with dignity and determination.”
“Jeopardy!” The site included a quote from Trebek – “What I think makes ‘Jeopardy!’ In particular, out of all the quizzes and game shows out there, we tend to reward and encourage learning ”- and from providing“ answers ”to his interactions. To the contestants on the show, Trebek showed himself to be a man interested in pursuing wisdom of all kinds – not an empty suit like so many other game show hosts.
Kenichiro Yoshida, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corporation, also paid homage to Trebek: “We and our colleagues at Sony Pictures mourn the departure of Alex Trebek. Alex is an extraordinary talent with intelligence, witty witty and relaxed presence that has attracted millions of people around the world and made ‘Jeopardy!’ Featured show today. “
A proud Canadian, Trebek’s American television career first blossomed in the 1970s when he was invited to join the server network and to offer daytime games like “The Wizard of Odds ”,“ High Rollers ”and“ Battlestars ”.
George Alexander Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ontario. He grew up in a bilingual family, speaking French and English. He obtained a degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa.
Interested in a career in news broadcasting, he joined the Canadian Television Company (CBC), where he covered national news and special events for both radio and television. The first time he organized a concert, CBC “Music Hop” was in 1963. Trebek hosted CBC classical music shows from 1967 to 1970, including performances by Glenn Gould.
Moving to the US in 1973, he hosted a new NBC game show, “The Wizard of Odds”. A year later, Trebek hosted the popular game show “High Rollers”, which had two broadcasts on NBC (1974–76, 1978–80) and an integrated season (1975–76). He hosted the short CBS game show “Double Dare” and the second season of the Toronto drama “The $ 128,000 Question”.
During the heyday of television game shows, such hosts often appeared as hosters or players on other shows. During a guest appearance on NBC’s special week “Card Sharks” in 1980, Trebek competed with several other hosts in a week-long circle tournament for charity. In the end he won.
After a frustrating period of hosting short-length shows, he took the reins of the new news release of “Jeopardy!” in 1984.
In 1987, while continuing to host “Jeopardy!”, Trebek took on the hosting role of NBC’s “Classic Concentration”, his second show for Mark Goodson. He hosted both shows simultaneously until September 1991, when “Classic Concentration” aired. In 1991, Trebek became the first person to host three American game shows simultaneously, taking on the role of the host of NBC’s “To Tell the Truth”, also for Goodson-Todman, from February until the series. that ends in May.
A frequent guest star on late-night talk shows and guest host, he has recorded notable guest appearances in the golden hour slot on the sitcom “How I Met. CBS’s Your Mother in December 2010 and on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” in March 2014. In the final episode of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on December 18, 2014, Trebek greets Colbert as the latter gets in a sled driven by Santa Claus and Abraham Lincoln and sets off from the studio one last time. He has also appeared in many advertisements for Colonial Penn Life Insurance.
In 2011, Trebek received a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Day Lovers Award. He was introduced into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was also named one of the “Giants of Broadcasting” by the American Broadcasting Library in 2013, when he also received the Alexander Graham Bell Medal from the National Geographic Association for his 25 years old. for many years the host of National Geographic Bee.
Trebek has a longstanding commitment to charities and education. He sits on the boards of the National Geographic Association Educational Organization and the National Advisory Council for American Literary Volunteers. Trebek has participated in 13 USO tours, and he has traveled to many developing countries to support World Vision, reporting on behalf of children the organization’s efforts. He adopted a village in Zambia, Africa, helping to build schools, housing for teachers and medical facilities.
Trebek was married to Elaine Callei (now known as Elaine Trebek Kares) from 1974 until they divorced in 1981.
He was survived by his second wife, Jean and three children, Matthew, Emily and Nicky.