As many people are still reeling after the death of iconic JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak took a moment to celebrate the legacy and pay tribute to his late friend, echoing the many sentiments that dominated social media feeds in the wake of the news. Sajak and Trebek's friendship goes back many years, and the two had hosted their respected and iconic game shows for decades. Sajak echoed the words of those such as Ken Jennings, who praised Trebek for his class and dignity and the respect he showed to everyone he encountered during his tenure as host of JEOPARDY!
There aren’t many television shows that attracted the dedicated support that Jeopardy! has had during this run. Check out what Sajak had to say about Trebek down below:
Alex Trebek’s courage, grace and strength inspired millions and awed those of us who knew him. A tremendous loss for his family, friends, co-workers and countless viewers. I was honored to be a friend and a part of his professional family for all these years. A very sad day.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) November 8, 2020
“Alex Trebek’s courage, grace and strength inspired millions and awed those of us who knew him. A tremendous loss for his family, friends, co-workers and countless viewers. I was honored to be a friend and a part of his professional family for all these years. A very sad day,” The Wheel of Fortune host wrote on Twitter.
People had been asking what Trebek had planned for his final episode. He talked about it in a recent interview. The Jeopardy! host had clearly given the notion some thought since last year.
“It’ll be a significant moment for me,” Trebek elaborated. “But I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and what I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the showdown to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want.’ And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me...then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”
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