MONOPOLY: The late Ken Jennings and Alex Trebek shared the special “Jeopardy!” link.
The famous contestant has reflected on all the time he spent with the longtime host, 80, who passed away on Sunday after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March year 2019.
Jennings told Fox News just before Trebek’s death that the TV star always maintained his professionalism but was very comfortable and friendly during the commercial breaks, which may surprise viewers of the game show. at home.
“He’s still the same kind of authority figure, all that’s not there. He has that old-fashioned announcer. He̵7;s an old-fashioned gentleman. But I think what can make the audience go.” Pretend home is surprised that he is not complacent in any way, “Jennings told us.
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“[During commercial breaks] he is really loose and goofy and is jokes and he has a point. He’s a far more stupid uncle than stern fatherly stereotype, ”Jennings added.
Jennings, 46, made her debut 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.
The author adds that throughout their relationship, he admires Trebek’s actions and learned a valuable lesson from the icon a few years ago.
“I was backstage with him at a tournament and that was before being diagnosed with cancer, but he had a bad day. He just felt bad. But then the music turned on and played. the bar said his name and he just turned him into Alex Let’s trebek and walk out of there, ”Jennings recalled.
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“I asked him about it after that and it wasn’t a performance. You know, he’s the one who really feels best, is confident and is most capable when doing his job. “Jeopardy!” because that’s what he’s made himself the best in the world for over 37 years, “he continued. “I really admire that .. just the idea that what you love, where you feel right at home, can get you going.”
“I think about that day not just when I was on TV, but when I was doing anything … working on a book or when I was doing an interview, you know, I just thought, Alex How will you handle this? “he reflected.
On Sunday, Jennings paid homage to Trebek in an emotional post.
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“Alex isn’t just the best at what he has done,” wrote Jennings along with a photo of him taking a selfie with Trebek. “He is also a loving and profound man, and I am grateful for every minute I have been with him.”
Represent “Jeopardy!” said in a statement that the show will not announce plans for a new host at this time. “Jeopardy!” It was sad to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home earlier this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thanks, Alex. “
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Trebek will still be appearing in the pre-recorded episodes for season 37. He will also appear as the host after Christmas.
Fox News’s Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.