The Final Players of the Trebek Era Dazzle in the Tournament of Champions – And Pay Tribute to the Late Host
Watching the latest Tournament of Champions games on Jeopardy! is bittersweet. It took some getting used to the classic answer-and-question quiz show without its late legendary host Alex Trebek, who passed away in 2020.
Another reminder of his absence: the last of the game’s top champions, with Trebek as host, are competing in the Tournament of Champions, and they took a moment to honor the famous television personality.
Buzzy Cohen, a former contestant, is hosting the tournament.
Cohen brings his credentials as a nine-game champion in 2016 as well as his TV-friendly personality, complete with thick-rimmed glasses and posh suits, to Jeopardy! after Trebek’s death.
The player-turned-host praised Trebek’s wit and expressed his own delight at being able to stand in Trebek’s shoes.
Cohen told the game show’s website, “Alex had an excellent sense of humor and liked to goof off.” “In a way, we gave him permission to reveal that side of himself. I was ecstatic to be asked [to host], and I sincerely hope that I will be able to provide these deserving champions with the tournament they deserve.”
Alex’s stage is and always will be. I’m humbled and proud to be a part of the history today. 7hisPNqYQv (https://twitter.com/7hisPNqYQv)
May 17, 2021 — Buzzy Cohen (@buzztronics)
The champions ponder Trebek.
The show’s staff asked current Tournament of Champions contestants to give their memories of the gone but never forgotten host, who died of pancreatic cancer after 18 months of treatment in November of 2020, in a video posted to JeopardyInstagram !’s account.
Trebek clearly made an even stronger impression on these players than he did before they appeared on the show, with comments like “he was an icon” and “singular human being.”