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JEOPARDY Honors Former Host Alex Trebek With Special Game Category

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JEOPARDY Honors Former Host Alex Trebek With Special Game Category

By Movieguide® Contributor

This November marked the second year since JEOPARDY host Alex Trebek’s death, and the game show paid tribute to Trebek with a special exhibition round. 

Super champions Mattea Roach, Matt Amodio, and Amy Schneider competed in a special exhibition round with a “Remembering Alex Trebek” category. All five questions were about the host. 

TODAY reported, “The questions included naming the actor who parodied him on SCTV (Eugene Levy), the other name for ‘half-moon keys’ that were part of his hardware supplies collection (woodruff keys), the name of his hometown (Sudbury), the focus of this saint in his major of Thomistic philosophy (Aquinas) and the candy bar he ate for breakfast (Kit Kat).”

“No prize money is at stake, just the chance to compete on the Alex Trebek Stage on this, the second anniversary of his passing,” host Ken Jennings shared. 

Movieguide® previously reported on Trebek’s death:

Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the famous game show JEOPARDY!, has died of cancer at age 80. 

“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show wrote on its Twitter account. “Thank you, Alex.”

Trebek had hosted JEOPARDY! since 1984 and received numerous awards and appreciation for his work.

The Canadian-American presenter became the show’s face during his three decades and over 8,200 episodes. 

In 2014 he set a Guinness World Record for “most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter.”

In March of 2019, Trebek announced his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer and continued to update fans on his condition as he underwent treatment. 

Trebek vowed to continue to host JEOPARDY! despite his treatments, which included chemotherapy. The host’s contract was expected to expire in 2022.

Trebek is survived by his second wife, Jean, and his children Matthew, Emily and Nicky.


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