Alex Trebek, the cult host of the popular game show Jeopardy! died on Sunday morning at the age of 80 in Los Angeles.
His passing was confirmed by a tweet from Jeopardy!’s Twitter account.
“Jeopardy! is sad to announce that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully early this morning at home surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” was the headline.
Even though he has passed away, his legacy and his memory will remain with us. Here are some of Trebek’s memorable moments and quotations.
In 2016, Trebek told NPR that he enjoyed spending time with the show’s contestants when asked what it had been like to host the game show all these years.
“I love spending time with smart people,” Trebek said. “And Jeopardy! puts me in touch with smart people all the time,” Trebek said.
Trebek reportedly made it a habit to chat with the contestants to get an idea of their personality during the show.
“Some of them are – for lack of a better term – nerds, but most of them are just smart people,” Trebek told NPR. “What I’m trying to do is get the audience to see that they are normal people – you’ll like them.
When asked about his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, during an interview with People magazine in 2019, the host of the game show explained that he was satisfied with his life, but the only thing he regretted was that he wished he had met Jean earlier.
“I’m pretty happy with my life,” said Trebek. “But my wife Jean and I have been together for almost 29 years, and I’ve been thinking about President [George H.W.] Bush when he died and all the comments about his life, what a nice guy he is, and how he and his wife were together for 73 years. I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, if I hadn’t met Jean until I was 20, we could have had a longer life together’.
He added: “If I had met her at 20, she probably wouldn’t have been born yet. But hey, 29 years is pretty good.”
In a 2012 interview with Washington Post journalist Dan Zak, Trebek said he was not wasting time thinking about what might have been if he had not hosted Jeopardy!
“I don’t waste any time thinking about what might have been,” Trebek said. “It is what it is. My life is what it is, and I cannot change it. I can change the future, but I can’t do anything about the past.”
The game show host, who usually has all the answers, further remarked that he will pass with many unanswered questions.
“I will die without having found the answers to many things in life,” Trebek said.