“Jeopardy!” champions Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer paid tribute to host Alex Trebek on Sunday, shortly after.His beloved character died after his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.
Jennings wrote on Twitter: “Alex is not only the best ever. He is also a lovely and extremely kind man, and I am grateful for every moment of being with him” the two of them. “Think of his family today and the Jeopardy! His – in a way, millions of us.”
Jennings holds the title of winner in most consecutive games and highest win on the show when playing regular season, according to the program̵7;s website. In January, he in “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” – become the best player ever.
Holzhauer also offered kind words after the iconic TV host’s death.
“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,” Holzhauer wrote on Twitter. “You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex.”
Holzhauer, a professional gambler,in 2019 during the 32 days of the program. He brought in $ 2,462 million in that time, making him the second biggest winner on “Jeopardy!” history and the second person after Jennings to exceed $ 2 million. He currently holds the show’s record for the number of times a single game wins, according to the show’s website.
The star continued, explaining that Trebek was “more than just a host.”
“He is a fair referee of truth and truth in a world needs exactly that,” wrote the champion. “He’s someone you can trust to entertain you every day of the week, even when his health is barely permissible.”
He also shared a video of Trebek saying rap lyrics on the show, jokingly calling him “an underrated rapper.”
Holzhauer urges anyone who wants to honor the host’s anniversary to consider donating to their favorite charity, World Vision, an organization that helps children and families in need.to pancreatic cancer research in honor of Trebek in June 2019.
He had stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019, but despite being diagnosed, he never missed a working day. Last March he was for stage 4 pancreatic cancer – only 18%.
“I would lie if I said the journey was an easy one,” Trebek said at the time in an emotional video. “There are some good days, but there are also many bad days. I joked to my friends that the cancer won’t kill me, the chemical treatments will have.”
Trebek said to ““in May 2019 that” wouldn’t be right “if he left the show.” It wouldn’t be right for me to leave this if I could do it, “said Trebek. And I managed to do it. So what’s the big deal? “
The star joined the quiz show in 1984, earned six Daytime Emmys awards and hosted more than 8,000 episodes.
Caroline Linton contributed to this report.
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