‘Jeopardy!’ Unveils New Alex Trebek Stage with the Late Game Show Host’s Family Present

by Leanne Stahulak

It’s a great day to be a “Jeopardy!” fan. Our favorite game show is back tonight with new contestants and a newly-christened stage.

Earlier today, the game show revealed that the studio where “Jeopardy!” regularly films has now dedicated the stage to late host Alex Trebek. Trebek hosted the show for 37 years until his death in Nov. 2020 from pancreatic cancer. He worked with contestants and read the clues with grace, poise, and curiosity unmatched by any other. Now, the show looks to repay Trebek for his dedication with a stage in his name.

The official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account shared a video of Trebek’s family next to the newly-named stage. Longtime announcer Johnny Gilbert narrated the video with the following message.

“Earlier today with Alex’s wife Jean, son Matt, and daughters Emily and Nicky, we dedicated the stage in his honor,” Gilbert said in a booming voice. “It will now forever be known as The Alex Trebek Stage.”

The show captioned the video, “And now for the first time from the Alex Trebek Stage, let’s play Jeopardy!”

The gesture is thoughtful, considering all Trebek contributed to the show. It’ll also remind contestants and crew why “Jeopardy!” resonated so well with so many people across the nation. Not only because it celebrated intelligence and trivia, but also because of the way Alex Trebek squeezed his way into America’s heart over the course of four decades.

Fans who saw the tweet quickly responded with words of encouragement and support for the Trebek family and “Jeopardy!” as a whole. “His family looks happy to promote his memory. How wonderful,” one fan wrote.

A former five-time “Jeopardy!” contestant and Tournament of Champions player, Steven Grade, also said what we’re all thinking. “It doesn’t matter who is standing behind the lectern, it’ll always be Alex’s show.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Prepapres for New Season Amid Host Controversey

It’s been a long month since the last season of “Jeopardy!” ended. And boy, was it full of twists and turns aplenty.

In that space of time, executive producer Mike Richards got tapped for Trebek’s job as the permanent host. Former guest host Mayim Bialik also signed on to host primetime specials like the college tournament. Within a few days, Richards stepped down from the host spot due to controversy. Bialik stepped in to guest host some remaining episodes of the new season. Richards then also stepped down as executive producer for both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

So, the game show continues to hunt for a permanent host. But they didn’t let that stop them from taping all the “Jeopardy!” episodes they could, just in time for the Sept. 13 premiere.

We’re excited to see returning champ Matt Amodio on our screens tonight. Time to see if he extends his 18-day win streak into the stuff of “Jeopardy!” legend.