Alex Trebek, who helped transform Jeopardy! into one of our favorite game shows on television, has passed away at age 80. Hollywood stars and fans of the show mourned the passing of the legendary host and sent their condolences to his family.
Mike Richards, the executive producer of Jeopardy!, described Trebek’s passing as “an enormous loss” for staff, crew, and his fans, and praised his determination to keep hosting the show while battling a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
“His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever,” said Richards in a statement.
Alex Trebek started hosting the Jeopardy! revival all the way back in 1984, and never stepped down. According to his last contract, he was to continue as host through 2022 despite his illness. During his time on Jeopardy!, Trebek won seven Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding game show host, in addition to receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in the same ceremony.