Jeopardy! 'has no plans' to announce Alex Trebek's replacement host after TV legend died from cancer

JEOPARDY! 'has no plans' to announce Alex Trebek's replacement host after the television legend died from cancer.

The game show host, 80, died yesterday after a more than year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.


Representatives for Jeopardy! said in a statement the game show will not yet announce plans for a new host.

They shared: “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.”

The late host will appear in prerecorded season 37 episodes.

His last show will be on Christmas.


Jeopardy executive producer Mike Richards went on this morning's Today Show and talked about Alex's last days.

He told Hoda Kotb and Samantha Guthrie: "He had a swing in his backyard that he loved.

"He actually rebuilt it earlier this year. He was very handy. I don’t know if a lot of people know that.

"And even in his book, he described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife, Jean, and kind of watching the horizon. And he got to do that.

"He was coherent. He wasn’t in pain, and the fact that he had a nice final day, I think makes all of us in the Jeopardy! family feel much better."


A grieving Mike Richards also talked about their last day together as they filmed the Jeopardy! Christmas special.

He said: "I knew he was in an enormous amount of pain, and as he was leaving, I saw him at the door and I said, 'You know, that was maybe the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.'"

"He kind of had his head down and he looked up and said, 'Well, thank you.'

"And that, you knew, when he accepted that, that he was really fighting and it was just so important for him to do this show and to support everything that it means to America.

The famous game show host passed away on Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Alex is survived by his wife Jean and their children, son Matthew, 30, and daughter Emily, 27.

He also adopted his first wife, Elaine Trebek Kares’ daughter, Nicky.

Alex hosted the CBS program for over 35 years and was contracted to host Jeopardy! until 2022.

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