For the first time in more than 8,000 episodes someone else from Alex Trebek hosts “Danger!” … so the new man made sure to pay his respects to the late TV legend.
Ken Jennings started his job as a temporary host of the famous game show, honoring the man who made him famous … saying that Alex was almost perfect in what he had been doing for more than 36 years.
Jennings cited Trebeck’s intelligence, charm and grace as reasons he would never be replaced … but told audiences that the best way to honor him was “by playing the game he loves.”
Jennings will host throughout January to help the show while looking for a permanent replacement. Ken is obviously known as the greatest “Danger!” a racer of all time, but as for his hosting steaks … he had previously made it clear, “There will only be one Alex Trebek.”
“Danger!” paid his last respects to his favorite host last week with a 90-second video tribute, thanking him for the 37 seasons of service since the concert began in 1984. The main montage played during the broadcast of the last episode recorded by Trebeck.
In Trebeck’s heartbreaking final signature, he thanked viewers for watching and said he would see them again next week. Unfortunately, Alex died 10 days later without filming another episode.
Trebeck died in November at the age of 80 after a long battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.