The first “Danger!” an episode without presenter Alex Trebek aired on Monday.
After the tragic death of the host of the iconic show last year due to pancreatic cancer, “Danger!” chose to line up several guest hosts until a replacement is appointed, and frequent champion Ken Jennings is first on the list.
He took the stage for the episode on Monday and, in the fashion of Trebek, offered a short monologue in homage to the late host before the game began.
“You know, sharing this stage with Alex Trebeck was one of the greatest honors of my life,” he began. “Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex has been doing this job almost perfectly for over 36 years and was even better up close.”
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Jennings continued, “We were blinded by his intelligence, his charm, his grace; really, there’s no other word for it.”
Then the star seems to choke temporarily.
“Like everyone” Danger! “Fans, I miss Alex very much and thank him for everything he has done for all of us,” Jennings concluded. “Let’s be clear, no one will ever replace the great Alex Trebeck. But we can honor it by playing our favorite game. “
Buy and buy, fans were happy to see Jennings and were fans of his emotional message.
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“#Jeopardy really isn’t the same without Alex Trebeck, but Ken Jennings gives * some * sense of normalcy,” tweeted a fan. “Except I started crying during his homage to Alex at the beginning of the show.”
“I didn’t instantly cry during Ken Jennings’ monologue about Alex in danger,” said another.
A third added: “Ken Jennings did a great job in his first episode. He gave a very moving introductory speech and was very kind. Alex Trebek loved Danger and thought very highly of Ken Jennings. Ken made Alex proud.”
“Ken Jennings makes me cry here,” said another.
“Watching #Jeopardy and Ken Jennings is great, but I still miss Alex,” said a fifth viewer.
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Another member of the audience praised Jennings for being a “nice contrast” to Trebeck, and offered his “voice” to make him a “permanent host.”
The last threatened episode featuring Trebeck aired on Friday and provoked emotional reactions from viewers.
A week ago, the iconic host launched an episode with a touching message of hope at the top of the show.
“Hello, ladies and gentlemen, you will remember that about a month ago I asked everyone to take some time to give thanks for all the blessings you enjoy in your life,” he began. “Now today, another kind of message.”
Trebeck continued, “This is the ‘gift season,’ I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones, but today I would like you to take it one step further.”
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He asked fans to “open their hands and hearts” to those who are still suffering “as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and” people who are suffering through no fault of their own “.
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“We are trying to build a gentler, better society,” Trebeck continued. “And if we all get in just a little bit, we’ll get there.”
Trebek serves as the host of “Danger!” since 1984