The late Alex Trebek received another Daytime Emmy Award on Friday night, marking the Peril! third consecutive victory of the veterinarian for the exceptional host of the Game Show and his eighth overall.
Trebek’s adult children, Matt and Emily, accepted the award on his behalf, on the CBS TV show.
“We are very honored to accept this award on behalf of our father,” said Matt. “As far back as we can remember he has always been so proud to be a part of Jeopardy, to work on a show that is based on knowledge, risk and that challenged people to think. He loved every piece.
Emily added, “Over the past 37 years the show has grown into a second family. He was always excited to go to work, even during his battle with cancer. He was so lucky to be able to do what he loved, and we know he never took it for granted. On behalf of our family, we thank you very much.
In total, Trebek has amassed 32 Daytime Emmy nods during his career, including three for his work on Classic Concentration. Larry King also won a posthumous Daytime Emmy Award at this year’s ceremony for Best Informative Talk Show Host for Larry King now. (See the full list of winners here.)
Trebek died last November of pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. He had hosted Peril! since the daily subscription version debuted in 1984; its last episodes aired in January. Since then the quiz has rotated in a number of guest hosts, including Peril! champion Ken Jennings, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, CNN presenter Anderson Cooper and actress Mayim Bialik. A permanent replacement for Trebek, however, has yet to be named.