The Loss of Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek, the long-standing host of the game show “Jeopardy,” passed away on Nov. 8. He was 80 years old and had been the host of “Jeopardy” for 37 seasons, beginning in 1984. 

“I was saddened about the passing of Alex Trebek, although I knew he had been battling serious health issues (pancreatic cancer) for some time,” said Dr. Lori Bindig Yousman, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. 

Trebek had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019 and “died at his Los Angeles home, surrounded by family and friends,” said a spokesperson for Sony. 

Students and staff shared their thoughts on Trebek’s passing.

“My family and I will continue watching ‘Jeopardy,’ but it definitely won’t be the same,” said Yousman. 

“I was sad to hear about Alex Trebek,” said freshman Connor Eaton. “I watch ‘Jeopardy’ with my family, and it will be weird to see it without him.”

Many people, including celebrities, were fans of Alex Trebek and “Jeopardy.” 

“Obsessed with ‘Jeopardy’ as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember,” said singer John Legend on Twitter. 

The show is in the process of searching for a new host to replace Trebek. 

“Even though Trebek’s death was sudden, I am sure that Sony has been thinking about what to do when this happened and who to choose as the new host,” said studio manager and professor at Sacred Heart, Keith Zdrojowy. 

“Jeopardy” will continue to release new episodes. “The program tapes weeks of shows in advance and the remaining episodes with Trebek will air through Dec. 25,” said a Sony spokeswoman. 

The show will continue to release 35 more episodes with Trebek as the host, the last episodes he recorded. 

According to Mike Richards, Executive Producer of “Jeopardy,” Trebek had recorded his last episode less than two weeks prior to his death. 

There has been talk of one of “Jeopardy’s” previous winners, Ken Jennings, replacing Trebek. 

“Given that the show has brought Ken Jennings, one of its celebrated champions, back several times for special tournaments and now to read some clues, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was being considered to replace Alex Trebek,” said Yousman. 

People were saddened by Trebek’s death but many will continue to watch “Jeopardy” even when there is a new host.

“I have been watching ‘Jeopardy’ with my grandpa since I was five years old, and I was so sad to hear the news that Alex Trebek has passed away. I feel like the show won’t ever be the same,” said junior Cora Koprowski.

Trebek became the host of “Jeopardy” in 1984. He followed the original host, Art Fleming, who hosted from 1964 to 1975. “Jeopardy” is what made Trebek famous. 

“He won five Emmys as its host, including one last June, and received stars on both the Hollywood and Canadian walks of fame,” said AP News writer Lynn Elber. “In 2012, the show won a prestigious Peabody award.” 

“I hope the show is able to find a host but is still able to keep it the same,” said senior Sarah Birch. “I love watching it and hope that there aren’t too many changes.”

“Even though Trebek was the face of the show, the show can and needs to continue without him,” said Zdrojowy. 

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