In a world full of uncertainty and chaos, there is calm in simple trivia and facts.
This has always been one of Jeopardy's main selling points. For 37 years, viewers could also find consolation when they knew that Alex Trebek – the man who became synonymous with quiz show no. 1 – always stood behind the podium with his index cards and his imperturbability.
Tonight, Trebek fans will see his last show. Trebek died in November after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018. After the diagnosis, Trebek, who was very public about his fight against the disease, hosted the show for the next year and a half. He finished filming on October 29, 2020. Nobody knew it would be his last day in the studio.
Danger! hasn't named a permanent replacement for Trebek yet, but next week restaurateurs of what the show is "Inside the Danger!" Family "will take over. The show's executive producer Mike Richards said Trebek remembered the importance of Jeopardy! and "always said that he wanted the show to go on after him."
Trebek died on November 8, 2020 at the age of 80 after battling pancreatic cancer. Here people visit a makeshift memorial on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Mario Anzuoni – Reuters
While studying in his native Canada, Trebek needed money to pay his tuition fees and got a job with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which hosted him after graduation. He moved to the US and hosted shows such as "High Rollers" in 1975 (left) and "Classic Concentration" in 1988 (right). NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
Trebek has started, Jeopardy! In 1984 he directed every episode since then, except on April Fool's 1997 when he traded with the host of "Wheel of Fortune". PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo
Trebek made a cameo in an episode of “Cheers” in 1990 in which Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger, right) was a candidate for Jeopardy! Enters, only to get a big head start by missing the final question – a move known as "pulling" a Cliff Clavin. “Kim Gottlieb-Walker – NBCU Photo Bank
Trebek appeared on an episode of "Saturday Night Live" in 2002 to pity the ignorance of the celebrity guests with comedian Will Ferrell, who had imitated Trebek on the show for years. Mary Ellen Matthews – NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal / Getty Images
Trebek performed over 8,200 episodes of Jeopardy! An – a Guinness world record for most episodes of a single game show – and won seven Daytime Emmys.E. Charbonneau – WireImage for Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Trebek with danger! Master Ken Jennings, who won a record in 74 games in a row. Jennings will be the show's first interim host starting next week. Eric McCandless – ABC via Getty Images
In 2017, Ontario-born Trebek was named officer of the Order of Canada, the country's second highest civilian award. He is seen here with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016. Sean Kilpatrick – The Canadian Press via AP
After his death was announced on November 8, flowers remained on Trebek's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Trebek is one of the few celebrities to have a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame. Aaron P-Bauer -Griffin / GC-Pictures
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