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January 12, 2021 9:06 am  #31


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

Apropos of nothing, I wonder how many people remember that years after he hosted Jeopardy!, Art Fleming hosted a Sunday night show on KMOX-AM in St. Louis. It was a decade or so after he did the game show and I used to listen to it just to hear his voice again. He was actually pretty good on the radio and that's where he got his start.

According to Wikipedia, he was the first announcer to ever deliver the tag line "Winston takes good like a cigarette should." 

And here's the ultimate sad irony: Alex Trebek and Art Fleming, until now the only two men to ever host Jeopardy, both died from the same thing - pancreatic cancer. 

 

January 12, 2021 3:54 pm  #32


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

Dale Patterson wrote:

mike marshall wrote:

After the job Jennings did tonight, a good guess might be they've already found their next host.

I thought he was great. But there are more guest hosts coming, including Katie Couric.

And now there's a new player in the future hosting sweepstakes, although I doubt he'll ever be considered for a permanent gig.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Says He’ll Guest Host ‘Jeopardy!’

 

January 13, 2021 7:45 pm  #33


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

Add two more names in the race to replace the late Alex Trebek. Although I suspect these two are more about the publicity than getting a permanent gig, since they already have one. 

Mayim Bialik, Bill Whitaker Added to Game Show's Guest Host Rotation

Bialik is certainly an interesting choice. As many here know, in addition to being an actress, she also holds a Ph.D in neuroscience.

 

January 13, 2021 8:53 pm  #34


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

Dan Patrick hosted a web-only show called "Sports Jeopardy", leading some to believe he might be being groomed as Trebek's successor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_Jeopardy

 


"Life without echo is really no life at all." - Dan Ingram
 

January 13, 2021 8:59 pm  #35


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

Jeff Probst hosted a great version called "Rock & Roll Jeopardy!" in which all the categories and clues were music related. This was before Survivor and if memory serves, I think it aired on VH1 in the States. Not sure if it was on the air in Canada, but likely MuchMusic carried it if anyone. 

 

January 13, 2021 9:37 pm  #36


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

I've been really enjoying these first three days with Ken Jennings hosting.  He started on the right note by admitting that you simply can't replace Alex Trebek.

So why bother?

Maybe this rotating guest host idea should be permanent -- or at least for the next season or two.  Nobody says there has to be only one host and there are plenty of potential hosts.  Looking forward to Mayim Bialik and Katie Couric hosting and hope they choose Levar Burton as well.

Also good to see that the show will be making a donation to the guest host's charity of choice.