Celebrities and ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants have been sharing stories and condolences
Trebek and his family have received an outpouring of support following the announcement of his death. Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings shared a photo of the two of them on Twitter. “Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him,” Jennings said.
Another former Jeopardy! competitor, Kendra James, shared her memories of Trebek on Twitter. “I was on Jeopardy! twice. In 1998 I was on the first-ever Back to School special. Alex Trebek was so nice to 15+ 10-11 year olds — my nightmare. I wore a too shiny silver shirt from Limited Too, which Alex kept joking (kindly) about needing sunglasses to look at. RIP,” she said.
Many celebrities also offered their condolences. Star Trek star George Takei shared his thoughts on Twitter. “Alex Trebek, you brought us so much knowledge, both important and fun, through the years. Your final battle with cancer was heroic, and we are heartbroken that it has taken you from us,” Takei said. “I’ll take ‘Great TV Personas of Our Time’ for $800. The heavens have all the answers now.”
John Legend, Ellen Degeneres, and others also expressed their sadness over Trebek’s passing.
Alex Trebek was beloved for his personality
One might assume that the host of a trivia show that explores everything from ancient philosophy to Cardi B lyrics would be stuffy and have a dry sense of humor. Trebek, like many other game show hosts, always kept the atmosphere fun and friendly, no doubt partially due to his Canadian heritage.
One moment that has resurfaced following Trebek’s passing is when he roasted a contestant in her introductory interview. It was just one of many instances throughout Trebek’s five-decade career where he showed he wasn’t all that serious. When she discussed that she was a fan of “nerdcore hip-hop,” Trebek bluntly said that only “losers” liked that kind of music.
Alex Trebek unknowingly ate pot brownies
Though Trebek’s somewhat stoic demeanor became his trademark, he clearly knew how to have fun. In a 2015 interview on The Howard Stern Show, Trebek told a story of when he had a little too much fun back in the day.
“I went to this party in Malibu [in the 1970s], and I didn’t know the people who were hosting the party, and they had hash brownies,” Trebek recounted to Stern. “I love chocolate, and I ate about four or five hash brownies.”
“The party was on a Friday night; I didn’t leave their home until Monday morning. No exaggeration!” he laughed. He recalled the hosts putting him to bed on Friday night, and he was asleep at their house for nearly three full days.
For the most part, though, Trebek’s “wild years” (as Stern characterized them) weren’t so wild. He started smoking marijuana to try and relieve his arthritis but stopped because it didn’t work for him. He also admitted he tried cocaine once but didn’t like the sensation.
In the end, Trebek didn’t need substances to make life more enjoyable. “To me, drugs are highly overrated. Why do it?” he said. “Be confident in yourself. If you make mistakes, live with that. Why do you need to do this other stuff that’s going to take you where, to a different world?”