Two of “Jeopardy!” The biggest stars shared remarks about Alex Trebek after news of the beloved host’s death went public.
Trebek, 80, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019 but continues to shoot episodes of the triva game.
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“It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he was fighting the battle of his life,” former contestant James Holzhauer tweeted on Sunday afternoon. . “You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex.”
Holzhauer, an American gambler, caught the eye last year with his 32-win streak. He has the third highest winnings in the history of the gameshow, with a total of more than 3 million dollars.
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Likewise, “Jeopardy!” The show’s flagship, Ken Jennings, issued a tweet of her own.
“Alex isn’t just the best at what he’s done,” wrote Jennings along with a photo of himself taking a selfie with Trebek. “He is also a lovely and extremely kind man, and I am grateful for every minute I have been with him.”
Jennings first appeared on “Jeopardy!” in 2004 and he’s the all-time game show winner with a total of over $ 5.2 million, he’s earned over 75 appearances since then.
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News of Trebek’s departure came from the gameshow’s official social media accounts.
“Risk! It is very sad to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home earlier this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the brief note read. “Thank you, Alex.”
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Represent “Jeopardy!” said in a statement that the show will not announce plans for a new host at this time.
Trebek will still be appearing in pre-recorded episodes for season 37. He appears as the host after Christmas.
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Trebek is the host of “Jeopardy!” for 37 years. His last filming date was in October.
Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.