Vanna White and Jenny McCarthy duking it out for supremacy, who do you take? For Jeopardy! icon Alex Trebek, the answer was easy.
Luckily for us and entertainment fans across the world, the pair have never actually squared up with their fists. Having to choose would be a nightmare. But when the situation was posed to Trebek, he didn’t hesitate to take his game show colleague.
In a “stupid question” interview with Entertainment Weekly back in 1996, the idea came to mind. Vanna, as one might guess, was hosting Wheel of Fortune. Jenny McCarthy was in between modeling and movies, hosting Singled Out on MTV. In classic Trebek fashion, his answer addressed the question with a lighthearted wit that fans will forever miss.
“If Vanna White and Singled Out‘s Jenny McCarthy got in a fistfight, who’d win?” EW wrote.
“Vanna would,” Trebek answered. “She’d beat [Jenny] to death with her vowels.”
Enough said! While Trebek maintained a stoic, professional manner on Jeopardy!, the host always had a knack for comedy.
Unfortunately, Trebek passed away from his battle with cancer on November 8, 2020.
Jeopardy! Icon Alex Trebek Opened Up on Assisting Others with Cancer
Before his passing, Trebek was publicly open with his cancer diagnosis. The Jeopardy! host wanted to get out in front of the news and not treat it as taboo. Part of that approach meant that many fans reached out to the host.
As one might expect of the game show icon, he answered with patience and understanding. Despite facing a battle for his life, he looked to lift others up. He spoke on the subject in an interview with CTV in 2019.
“What I’ve discovered is, not only have I become the de facto flag carrier for it. A lot of people are coming to me and looking for help, reassurance, and that’s tough,” he said.
One example the Jeopardy! legend mentioned was a woman who was slightly younger and had recently learned of her cancer. Trebek said that situations like that naturally prompt him to help and console, even if it may not be extremely helpful.
“It’s tough sometimes, trying to be as optimistic as you can when the other person feels none of that optimism, feels only despair,” he continued. “And I don’t know if I’m strong enough or intelligent enough to help alleviate some of that despair. So it’s tough on me.”
Like everyone else, Trebek didn’t have the answers for cancer’s brutal grip. But he kept looking forward. Whether that was through his work on Jeopardy! or through his outreach, Trebek never stopped trying his best.