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RIP Alex Trebek

Game show legend Alex Trebek, the beloved “Jeopardy!” host who showed dignity and perseverance in dealing with a stage-4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, died at his home Nov. 8. He was 80.

MSTies may remember he was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1202- ATLANTIC RIM.

Trebek was synonymous with longtime top-rated “Jeopardy!,” the brainiest of TV quiz shows, which he hosted since its syndicated revival premiered in 1984 (Art Fleming hosted an earlier NBC version from 1964 to 1975.). Will Ferrell’s “Saturday Night Live” impersonation both underlined and burnished Trebek’s exalted cultural status.

The Washington Post has a nice retrospective.

12 Replies to “RIP Alex Trebek”

  1. jay
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    Does the statement “Please phrase that in the form of a question” sound familiar? My sympathy for his family is genuine. Internal organ cancers are a slow and harsh way to die. RIP.

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  2. Lawgiver
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    RIP

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  3. jay:
    Does the statement “Please phrase that in the form of a question” sound familiar?My sympathy for his family is genuine.Internal organ cancers are a slow and harsh way to die.RIP.

    Pancreatic cancer is in its own class. Quote from the American Cancer Society: “No screening test has been shown to lower the risk of dying from this cancer.” Never seen that comment for any other affliction. This one is SO nasty that it’s worth a trip to their website for specifics. Won’t go into reasons for my own focus on it, but this one is the absolute pits. Trebek is a true warrior for keeping his cool right to the end.

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  4. Captain Howdy
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    I hope the decision is made to retire the show.

    If Jeopardy gets a new host, I won’t watch it.

    Not ever.

    I don’t give a flying f%#@ at a rolling donut who they stick in there to try to lure in viewers.

    Some things should cease.

    Alex didn’t host Jeopardy.

    He WAS Jeopardy.

    I don’t know if the suits at the top are going to grasp that fact.

    If they don’t, they will.

    In the meantime, please remember to post your condolences in the form of a clue followed by a question.

    “This game show host’s courageous battle with pancreatic cancer touched the hearts of millions of Americans. He was also a dapper fellow with a wry sense of humor.”

    Who was Alex Trebeck?

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  5. TorgosPizzaNJ
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    I’m old enough to remember the Art Fleming era of Jeopardy, so even after 36 yrs, so for as much as I liked him, Alex was still the “second’ Jeopardy host for me, just as Johnny Carson was the second host of the Tonight Show for my Mom (though he was the 3rd). The program is enormously profitable, so they’ll hire a new host. If it’s that arrogant twit, Ken Jennings, I’m out…I’d like to see Kari Byron (Myth busters), but no one asked me…

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  6. goalieboy82
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    December 25th is when they will be showing the last show he taped. also:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXbGPBd5hvY

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  7. Blonde Russian Spy
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    TorgosPizzaNJ:
    I’m old enough to remember the Art Fleming era of Jeopardy, so even after 36 yrs, so for as much as I liked him, Alex was still the “second’ Jeopardy host for me

    Absolutely. Alex Trebek was a fine host, and by all accounts an even better human being, and he will be greatly missed. But he was the second host for me, and many others.

    “I was tense, I was nervous
    I guess it just wasn’t my night
    Art Fleming gave the answers
    Oh, but I couldn’t get the questions right-ight-ight”

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  8. Thad Boyd
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    TorgosPizzaNJ:
    I’m old enough to remember the Art Fleming era of Jeopardy, so even after 36 yrs, so for as much as I liked him, Alex was still the “second’ Jeopardy host for me, just as Johnny Carson was the second host of the Tonight Show for my Mom (though he was the 3rd).

    There was a period where I couldn’t accept anybody else but Mel Blanc playing the Looney Tunes crew. Eventually, I learned that Mel Blanc wasn’t the original Porky Pig or Elmer Fudd, that he’d inherited those roles from other performers. That kinda changed my perspective on things. If it was okay for Mel to perform voices originated by other actors, why wasn’t it okay for other actors to perform voices originated by Mel?

    Being preemptively furious at the prospect that Jeopardy might replace the guy who replaced Art Fleming just seems silly. I can think of another guy who rants and raves about a new host who replaced a previous host on a beloved TV show. Don’t be that guy.

    Alex Trebek will be missed, and the show won’t be the same without him. People can choose to watch it or not; as far as I know, nobody’s planning on forcing any of us to watch it, Clockwork Orange-style. The new host will never be Trebek, just as Jonah wasn’t Mike, Sisko wasn’t Picard, Pertwee wasn’t Troughton, and not a one of those guys was actually the first person in the role.

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  9. Captain Howdy
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    After reading the responses of my genteel fellow mysterions, I have carefully reconsidered my position.

    I have decided to be more open minded.

    Therefore:

    If Joel or Mike or Jonah host the Jeopardy game show, I will watch it.

    Other than that, I don’t give a flying …

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  10. Sitting Duck
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    goalieboy82:
    https://trekmovie.com/2020/11/14/levar-burton-expresses-appreciates-fans-suggesting-him-as-new-host-of-jeopardy/
    i think it could work.

    He was one of the few Celebrity Jeopardy contestants who was actually good.

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  11. Thad Boyd
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    TorgosPizzaNJ:
    I’m old enough to remember the Art Fleming era of Jeopardy, so even after 36 yrs, so for as much as I liked him, Alex was still the “second’ Jeopardy host for me, just as Johnny Carson was the second host of the Tonight Show for my Mom (though he was the 3rd). The program is enormously profitable, so they’ll hire a new host. If it’s that arrogant twit, Ken Jennings, I’m out…

    Bad news, then, but it bears noting that he hasn’t been chosen as the permanent host, just the first of “a series of interim guest hosts”.

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