Ken Jennings commenced his first scene as the visitor host of “Jeopardy!” on Monday night by respecting the game show’s late host, Alex Trebek.
Jennings conveyed a short however ardent discourse about Trebek’s essentialness to him and “Jeopardy!” fans, and even got somewhat sad.
“You know, sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors of my life. Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years, and it was even better up close,” Jennings said.
“We were dazzled by his intelligence, his charm, his grace – really, there’s no other word for it.”
As the principal visitor have since Trebek’s passing, Jennings recognized that nobody can show improvement over Trebek, however proposed that proceeding to play the game is an approach to respect him.
“Like all ‘Jeopardy!’ fans, I miss Alex very much, and I thank him for everything he did for all of us,” Jennings said.
“Let’s be totally clear: no one will ever replace the great Alex Trebek. But we can honor him by playing the game he loved.”
Trebek’s last scene as host circulated on Jan. 8. The amazing host passed on Nov. 8 at 80 years old.
In a new meeting with Variety, Jennings talked about venturing into Trebek’s point of view as the principal “Jeopardy!” visitor have.
“I join with the audience in not wanting to see me or any other guest host out there, because in a perfect world, that would be Alex every night, that’s who I want to see,” Jennings said.
“But it’s a show with a huge fanbase that counts on it every night as a ritual, it’s a show Alex wanted to make sure outlived him. So I’m not thrilled about it, but I’m happy to do my part for my country and my game show and fill in as long as they need somebody in the chair, but it’s a tough transition.”
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