For the first time in over 8,000 episodes, someone other than Alex Trebek hosts “Jeopardy! … So the new guy made sure to pay a fitting tribute to the TV legend.
Ken Jennings kicked off his stint as interim host of the famous game show by honoring the man who made him famous… by saying that Alex was about perfect at what he did for over 36 years.
Jennings pointed to Trebek’s intelligence, charm and grace as the reasons he will never be replaced… but told the audience the best way to honor him is to “play the game he loved.”
Jennings will be the host throughout January to help the show as he searches for a permanent replacement. Ken is obviously known as the greatest “Jeopardy! All-time contender, but when it comes to his hospitality chops… he’s already made it clear, “There will never be just one Alex Trebek. “
” Danger! Paid tribute to the beloved host last week with a 90-second video tribute thanking him for his 37 seasons of service, since he started the concert in 1984. The climax cutout performed at the broadcast of the last recorded Trebek episode.
During Trebek’s heartbreaking final signing, he thanked viewers for watching and said he would see them again next week. Sadly, Alex passed away 10 days later without filming another episode.
Trebek died in November at the age of 80 after a long battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.