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Ryan Connelly Holmes
Ryan Connelly Holmes
Alex Trebek was known to millions the world over for hosting the TV game show “Jeopardy!” Diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, he continued taping programs until recently, with the final episode of “Jeopardy!” due to air on Christmas. The Canadian-born Trebek was beloved for his dignity and demeanor through 37 years and more than 8,000 episodes of the show. Jeffrey Brown has our remembrance.
Finally tonight, we mark the passing of a TV legend.
Alex Trebek was known to millions the world over for hosting the game show "Jeopardy."
Jeffrey Brown has our remembrance.
Here is the host of "Jeopardy," Alex Trebek!
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)
In an age that questions facts, "Jeopardy" celebrates them.
Before this word was common, some folks used radio with pictures.
What is television?
In an era of loud, fractious voices, Alex Trebek's was calm and measured.
They're dealing with famous phrases, and this clue.
And, somehow, it worked and went on working for 37 years, more than 8,000 episodes, both records for a game show.
So long, everybody
Trebek was like a caring professor, encouraging, but ready to show disappointment.
Dallas Cowboys? Do you think we should go to commercial?
We want to entertain you. We want to inform you.
Trebek, then in bushy hair and mustache, took over "Jeopardy" in 1984. Born in Canada, he would later become a U.S. citizen.
And humanities lovers rejoice. He was a philosophy major in college. The style and substance and maybe the utter defiance of contemporary norms helped turn Trebek himself into a pop culture icon.
Aren't we forgetting something, Marge? You were down $5,200.
Including a turn "The Simpsons."
Welcome back to "Celebrity Jeopardy."
And played by Will Ferrell on "Saturday Night Live."
Hi, everyone. I have some news to share with all of you.
In March of 2019, Trebek announced he'd been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. His millions of fans, many who'd followed him for decades, watched him carry on with the same demeanor and dignity they'd come to expect.
What you see on air really is what I am. And I'm a reasonably nice guy. And I'd like you to view me that way.
I don't go out of my way to malign anybody. I want to be considered as helpful and generous and kind.
Alex Trebek died Sunday. He was 80 years old.
For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Jeffrey Brown.
Proof again that nice guys can finish on top.
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In his more than 30-year career with the NewsHour, Brown has served as co-anchor, studio moderator, and field reporter on a wide range of national and international issues, with work taking him around the country and to many parts of the globe. As arts correspondent he has profiled many of the world's leading writers, musicians, actors and other artists. Among his signature works at the NewsHour: a multi-year series, “Culture at Risk,” about threatened cultural heritage in the United States and abroad; the creation of the NewsHour’s online “Art Beat”; and hosting the monthly book club, “Now Read This,” a collaboration with The New York Times.
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