Jeopardy game show host, Alex Trebek, has passed away at the age of 80.
As far as when he’ll say his final goodbye to Jeopardy!, “I don’t foresee that coming up in the near future,” Trebek told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday. “Some days are better than others… they’ve got me off one of my chemo drugs, which was killing me.” He added that he’ll be undergoing additional tests later this week. (Trebek was there to promote the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time primetime specials, along with contestants Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.)
Even while going through grueling rounds of cancer treatment, Trebek says he’s always able to rally once the Jeopardy! cameras start rolling: “For some reason, I can suck it up when [announcer] Johnny [Gilbert] introduces me, and it doesn’t matter how I’ve been feeling before that moment in my dressing room backstage… it’s just showtime.”
When asked what he’ll miss most about hosting Jeopardy!, Trebek points to “the 30 minutes I spend on stage with the contestants. Because I love spending time with bright people.” (He added with a sly grin, “I hate spending time with stupid people.”) He’s already planned out how he’ll say goodbye on the air, asking the director to give him 30 seconds at the end of his final broadcast, but he admits that “I haven’t worked on it at all… it would be the same as when I shaved my mustache. I would do it on a whim.”
Trebek first hosted the popular game show back in 1984. The host has had a hard fought battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But as mentioned, Trebek always mustered up the strength to host the show he loved.
Alex Trebek will be missed…