A petition is gaining steam to rename the iconic stage of “Jeopardy!” after late host Alex Trebek.
Petition Calls to Rename Stage After Alex Trebek
Fan Sammy Maggio started the petition. He addressed it to Sony Pictures Studios, Jeopardy Productions Inc., CBS Media Ventures and Sony Pictures Television Studios, People reports.
“[Trebek] inspired millions of his fans ever since he started hosting the syndicated version of ‘Jeopardy!’ in 1984,” Maggio’s petition reads.
It goes on to suggest the stage be renamed The Alex Trebek Memorial Stage at Sony Pictures Studios.
“He was seen by millions of fans over 37 years and his legacy will live on forever,” Maggio wrote. “Godspeed, Alex Trebek. We love you, then, now and forever. Having Stage 10 dedicated to him would be the ultimate posthumous honor.”
By Friday evening, the petition had drawn more than 875 signatures.
Trebek died on Nov. 8 of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 80. And he passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.
He had been determined to keep hosting for as long as possible. Moreover, he had thanked his fans for helping him get through his cancer treatment.
A ‘Warrior’ for Kindness on Jeopardy!
The final Trebek-hosted episode of “Jeopardy!” aired last week. It was filmed in October. Former “Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings became the first guest host on Jan. 11.
After Jennings’ time ends, executive producer Mike Richards will guest host for two weeks. Following him, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, actress Mayim Bialik and journalist Bill Whitaker will each serve as guest hosts in a sort of audition for the permanent hosting role.
“Alex was a legend, revered by all of us,” Richards said in a statement. “I want to thank our guest hosts, who will not only help all of us celebrate his great legacy, but also bring their own touch to the show.”
Richards also told the “Today” show that Trebek was a “warrior.”
“He comes out and gives this absolutely amazing speech about the tough times that we’re in and the importance of us as a country, as a community, as humanity, coming together and being there for each other,” Richards said. At the time he gave the speech, “he was in enormous pain. He was, you know, 10 days away from passing away.”
In some of his last words on the show, Trebek made a special plea on behalf of people hit by the coronavirus. He urged viewers to build a nicer society, and expressed optimism that it would happen someday.
“I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your heart to those who are still suffering because of Covid-19, people who are suffering through no fault of their own,” Trebek said. “We are trying to build a gentler, kinder society, and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we are going to get there.”
The petition to rename Stage 10 in Trebek’s honor would help to commemorate moments such as that.