Alex Trebek Receives Posthumous Daytime Emmy Nomination Alongside Larry King

by Halle Ames

Even after the death of Alex Trebek and Larry King, the icons are still getting nominations for a 2021 Daytime Emmy.

The finalists have been chosen, and some of the top contenders for the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards are still making history including Alex Trebek and Larry King.

According to Variety, the Emmy Awards highlight the best in the entertainment industry in multiple categories. Some of the major and more competitive awards will include outstanding drama, game show, entertainment talk show, morning show, informative talk show, and legal/courtroom program. In addition, they will award the best performers, hosts, writers, directors, and other technical teams for those shows.

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek is currently up for the Outstanding Game Show Host Award, but he first has to beat out some pretty stiff competition. They include Wayne Brady from Let’s Make a Deal, Steve Harvey hosting Family Feud, Alfonso Ribeiro in Catch 21, and Pat Sajak from Wheel of Fortune.

The Jeopardy host won this category in 2019 and 2020.

Alex Trebek was the beloved game show host for Jeopardy for over 36 years. He battled stage for pancreatic cancer for nearly 18 months before the disease eventually killed him. Trebek was 80 years old.

Larry King

On the other hand, Larry King is in the running for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host. King is up against Gloria Estefan and Emily Estefan from Red Table Talk: The Estefans, Tamron Hall from her own show, Taraji P. Henson on Peace of Mind with Taraji, Rachael Ray from her show, Amy Robach on GMA3: What You Need to Know, and Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris on Red Table Talk.

More than Alex Trebek, Larry King passed away in late January at the age of 87. Doctors diagnosed the broadcaster with COVID-19. His wife Shawn said that was not his cause of death.

“It was an infection. It was sepsis,” Shawn said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “Well, he was finally ready to go, I will tell you that. You know, he never wanted to go, but his sweet little body was just, it had just been hit so many times with so many things, and once we heard the word COVID, all of our hearts just sunk. But he beat it, you know, he beat it, but it did take its toll, and then the unrelated infection finally is what took him, but boy, he was not gonna go down easily.”

The Daytime Emmy Awards will air on June 25th on both CBS and Paramount Plus. Do you think Alex Trebek and Larry King will reign victorious?