Late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek had a self-deprecating sense of humor. And it was on full display when Trebek appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” in 2014 and discussed, among other things, his ride.
The talk had turned to basketball. Trebek admitted he attended one L.A. Lakers game per year, but said he hardly got prime seats. Then, to further underscore the differences between him and other celebrities, he described his car.
“I drive to work in a Dodge RAM pickup truck,” Trebek told Patrick. “People go out and say, ‘Where’s your car?’ They’re looking for a Rolls or a Bentley. Or Pat Sajak’s— Pat Sajak has a four-door Porsche. When he pulls out of the driveway, it’s like a jet taking off. He’s got four mufflers. And here I go with my 1500 Dodge RAM.”
Watch Trebek’s hilarious description here:
‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Went Peacefully
Trebek died at home on Nov. 8, 2020 of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.
Trebek reportedly passed away while surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Jean, son Matthew and daughter Emily.
The “Jeopardy!” host first received his cancer diagnosis in March of 2019. In a video message to his fans after his diagnosis, Trebek said he would fight cancer and keep working on “Jeopardy!”.
“Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working,” Trebek said, according to People. “And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
Trebek went on to joke that he had three years left in his contract, so he had little choice but to battle the cancer. He had been the host of “Jeopardy!” for 35 years.
Trebek and Pat Sajak, Vanna White Were Good Friends
His kidding about Sajak’s car aside, Trebek was actually good friends with “Wheel of Fortune” co-hosts Sajak and Vanna White. And the two fellow game show hosts expressed great sadness at Trebek’s passing.
“The death of Alex Trebek is a tremendous loss for his family, his friends, his co-workers and the millions of viewers who followed his long and illustrious career,” Sajak said in a statement to Fox News. “It was an honor for me to be a part of his professional family for nearly 40 years. His strength and courage and grace during his recent health struggles inspired countless others. Alex was truly one of a kind.”
“I will always be in awe of the way he faced the battle he fought so valiantly and I’m devastated to lose my longtime friend,” White said in a statement of her own. “My heart is with his family, friends, co-workers and fans. There will never be another Alex Trebek and he will truly be missed.”
Trebek had hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984. During the course of his tenure on the show, he oversaw more than 8,000 episodes.