The irreplaceable late Jeopardy! host will live on forever through the legacy of the show, and the Daytime Emmys are making sure of it.
To put it plainly, Daytime Emmy audiences were shocked to see Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and First Lady Jill Biden walk on stage. The prominent political figureheads made a surprise appearance together for the broadcast – and they did so in order to honor the legacy of Alex Trebek.
If Prime Minister Trudeau seems an odd choice to toast the late Jeopardy! host – he isn’t. Trebek was Canadian, and meant a great deal to his home country, and vice versa.
“He told me he was proud to be a Canadian, and we told him that we were proud that is he is one of us as well,” Trudeau offered during the event.
First Lady Jill Biden would add to this, calling Trebek “warm and funny” with a smile. She went on to laud how “he brought our families together every evening, racking our brains to keep up with the smartest contestants.”
“Thank you Alex. We miss you,” the First Lady concluded.
There to pay tribute to the Jeopardy! icon, broadcaster Robin Roberts and actor Ken Jeong would speak, as well. Roberts is a fitting personality to toast Trebek, as she will soon be guest hosting Jeopardy! herself.
Roberts is among the final group of guest hosts to round out Season 37, alongside fan favorite LeVar Burton. She will become the first Black woman to host the iconic trivia game show.
‘Jeopardy!’s Alex Trebek Held a ‘Legacy of Giving’
Prime Minister Trudeau would also go on to praise the “social consciousness” of Trebek, who’s donating of 62 acres of Canadian land will not be forgotten.
To Trudeau, Alex Trebek’s legacy is a “legacy of giving.”
Fittingly, the Jeopardy! host would also win another Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Game Show Host” – another in a long line of wins for the legendary personality. Though tragic to think this win is his first posthumous one, it is no less deserved.
Jeopardy!, too, would win for “Outstanding Game Show” during the prestigious television awards. Accepting the award was Executive Producer and former guest host Mike Richards.
“This is for Alex,” Richards said as he held the Emmy up high. “He was more than just a game show host… and he believed that Jeopardy! was more than just a game show. It stood for facts, competition and a celebration of intelligence,” he offered of Trebek via Deadline.
All too true.
2020 was a year of loss for many, and the television industry was no different. The year we’ll all forever remember as the worst of the COVID-19 Pandemic also claimed the lives of two more of TV’s most prolific icons: Regis Philbin and Larry King.
Both were also honored at the Daytime Emmys.