Alex Trebek left the Jeopardy! family last year after the host lost his battle against pancreatic cancer. Despite that, he will receive another acknowledgment for his unmeasurable contribution to the industry.
Alex Trebek will receive a posthumous Daytime Emmy Award which recognized his efforts as Jeopardy! Host in his last season.
On Tuesday, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences the nominees for the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The event, which will be aired on June 25 on CBS, will give honor to the late game show host.
Trebek’s New Award
His episodes still appeared on national TV despite his death as Trebek worked on them while being treated for cancer. Because of this, the award-giving body sees his eligibility to win the award for the outstanding game show host.
Trebek will face other fellow game show hosts like Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak, Catch 22’s Alfonso Ribeiro, Family Feud’s Steve Harvey, and Let’s Make a Deal’s Wayne Brady.
At the same time, the Jeopardy! Show itself earned nominations from the same award-giving body. It earned nominations for an outstanding daytime special for the “Greatest of All Time” event and outstanding game show.
Viewers send congratulatory messages to the late Alex Trebek
Following the announcement, Trebek’s fans continuously expressed their gratitude for the new acknowledgment.
One fan said, “And he should absolutely win it. Alex was the greatest!”
“Better to give him a lifetime achievement “There’ll never be another one like him” award and let a
living host have a chance,” another one added.
Another person wrote, “He deserves to win and it is not just because he passed away.”
Meanwhile, the official Twitter account of the game show shared the announcement alongside the caption, “We’re honored.”
Trebek served as the host of the syndicated game show for 37 seasons from 1984 until his death. The end of his journey began on March 6, 2019, when he found out that he had stage IV pancreatic cancer. He consistently felt stomachache but overlooked the symptom.
Two months later, he revealed that his body was responding well to the treatment. The tumors already decreased in size but were still required to undergo chemotherapy. In August 2019, he resumed taping before moving the recording to September again.
When asked by CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme if he was afraid of dying, Trebek said that he already lived a good life. After 20 months of a fight against pancreatic cancer, he died at his home in Los Angeles on November 8 last year.
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