Who is Betty White?
It’s “Jeopardy! Animate Alex Trebek’s response to the question he increasingly received during his battle with pancreatic cancer.
The 79-year-old, who turns 80 on Wednesday, said so during an interview with ‘Good Morning America’, telling the show that because the public wanted his successor to be younger, he was going the other way. and appointed the 98-year-old pop culture icon to host the beloved trivia game.
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“I joke with the audience all the time and say ‘Betty White’ because they want someone younger, someone funnier,” Trebek said.
An avid “Jeopardy !,” watcher White told the New York Post in 2018 why she enjoys the program. “Firstly, it’s such a good game and secondly, I have a crush on host Alex Trebek,” she admitted.
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During her interview with the variety news show, Trebek also spoke about changes to the contest’s quiz series – when it resumes production – that meet social distancing guidelines.
“We redesigned our set to separate myself and the competitors a bit more,” he shared. “So we take all kinds of precautions. Our testing process is now performed online. ”
The program will also film five episodes a day, twice a week, but that could change.
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“We’ll do three and take a short break, then we’ll do the last two. And we’ll see how that goes, and if that’s too much for me, we can always cut back a little, maybe do four a day. , ” he said.
In January, during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Fox News asked the 79-year-old what he wanted his legacy to be and he said he just wanted us to be. remember him as a ‘nice guy’ and that he ‘was the best kind of quiz maker because he always seemed to be looking for candidates.
Eager to return to work despite “Jeopardy!” not seeing a return date yet, Trebek described the show as “the best kind of reality show” in his “GMA” interview.
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“And people look at it, and if they find one or two correct answers in that half hour, they feel pretty good about themselves,” he said. “And that’s awesome.”