R.I.P. Alex Trebek.
I had literally just finished this week's #TooManyLegs teaser and was copying and pasting the link from weebly to my twitter when I saw the news. Alex Trebek has passed away from a battle with Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 80.
The public has known about Alex's diagnosis since March of 2019, but his passing still comes as a huge shock. I almost forgot he was sick from how much he kept going on like everything was fine. The dude kept filming and going to work everyday while fighting terminal cancer and the restrictions of a global pandemic. Thanks to wigs and make-up Alex never had that typical fighting for your life look which definitely makes the news a little more shocking as we never saw how much he was really hurting. It felt like he'd just host Jeopardy until the end of time. Earlier this week, a clip went viral showing how much Alex meant to Jeopardy Contestant Burt Thakur.
There's probably millions of other stories out there about how much Alex Trebek meant to people. Personally, I've watched hundreds if not thousands of episodes of Jeopardy with my family. He brought people together and made you feel a little smarter at the end of every show. He was more than a game show host, he was a pop culture icon. As I type this, I am rattled AF and really don't know what to say other than Alex Trebek was probably the most beloved man in television. Outside of Sean Connery on SNL, who ever had a bad word to say about this man?
Alex Trebek had been the host of Jeopardy since 1984, so to anybody under like 45 he's been the face of it for your entire life. Sometime between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm every weeknight he was part of our lives. You might not always watch, but he was always there.
There's been rumors that Ken Jennings would take over whenever Alex ultimately left Jeopardy, but those shoes will be impossible to fill. It's gonna be hard to focus on football today. There will never be another Alex Trebek. R.I.P. to a legend. Fuck cancer forever.