Alex Trebek Mourned by Hollywood: 'The Answer Is Thank You'November 10, 2020
‘Jeopardy!’ host died Sunday after year-long battle with pancreatic cancer
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An outpouring of grief and gratitude has come on Twitter following the passing of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who died Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.
“Greatest host of one of the greatest shows of all time who passed away sadly after a long battle with cancer. Who was Alex Trebek?” tweeted Armie Hammer in the style of the game show’s famous answer-and-question format. “RIP Mr. Trebek. Thank you for always being there at the end of the day to take my mind off things.”
“The answer is….. THANK YOU! Alex Trebek,” tweeted Jamie Lee Curtis. “You were grace and guts and humor and deep love.”
Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for 37 seasons, including a special primetime tournament last January between legendary contestants Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer that scored higher ratings than the last two World Series and NBA Finals. Along the way, he’s hosted plenty of celebrities in special tournaments as well, leading to the host becoming famously lampooned by Will Ferrell in a recurring “Saturday Night Live” sketch.
But beyond the success and the laughs, Trebek is being honored on Twitter for his intellectual impact on American pop culture.
“Alex Trebek made television smarter. He made America better,” tweeted CNN anchor Brian Stelter, while New York Times TV critic Jamie Poniewozik called Trebek “a giant who made knowing stuff cool” and Seth Meyers called him “great giver of joy and knowledge.”
Read more tweets honoring Trebek below.
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