'Jeopardy!' GOATs Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer Pay Tributes to Late Alex Trebek
The death of "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek has brought a lot of sentiment and condolences with it. Many have taken to social media to share their thoughts and prayers, and some of the competition's biggest winners have joined the train.
On Sunday, James Holzhauer, an American gambler, took to Twitter to share his condolences after the death of "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek. Replying to an announcement tweet about Trebek's death, Holzhauer explained that he was honored to have spent some time with Trebek.
He added that Trebek would never be replaced. Holzhauer made headlines last year after setting a 32-game winning streak record on "Jeopardy!" and won $3 million in total.
This makes him the third-highest winner in the show's history. Besides Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, the biggest "Jeopardy!" winner, also shared his tribute to Trebek on Twitter. He said in part:
"Alex wasn't just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I'm grateful for every minute I got to spend with him."
Jennings made his first appearance on "Jeopardy!" back in 2004. With 52 appearances since then, he is one of the show's top performers. The competitor also leads the show's participants in all-time winnings. Per reports, he has netted $5.2 million from all his competition appearances over the years.
Some fans have even suggested that Jennings be the show's new leading man.
It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life. You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex. https://t.co/LLoUASRMa9— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) November 8, 2020
It has been a pretty long week for "Jeopardy!" fans. Trebek passed away from stage 4 pancreatic cancer on Sunday, ending a battle that he has fought for the past year.
The TV show host has been pretty open about his condition. Earlier this year, he confirmed that he had gone off chemotherapy and would be trying his best to fight the disease on his terms.
Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him. pic.twitter.com/CdHCcbqmp2— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 8, 2020
Sadly, things didn't work out. The cancer progressed rapidly, and Trebek eventually passed away. He was 80 years old at the time he passed. Now that Trebek is dead, several fans have wondered who could replace him as the "Jeopardy!" host. Some fans have even suggested that Jennings be the show's new leading man.
Per reports, "Jeopardy!" had tapped Jennings to work as a consulting producer for the show's 37th season earlier this year. Some of his tasks include presenting special video segments, assisting with contestant outreach, and more.
It is unclear whether the show could be grooming Jennings as a potential host after Trebek's death. However, "Jeopardy!" is not going anywhere. The fans know that. With the season set to move forward amid Trebek's death, fans will not have to wait so long before seeing who the replacement host is.