Alex Trebek Mourned by Hollywood: ‘The Answer Is Thank You’

Jeremy Fuster
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An outpouring of grief and gratitude has come on Twitter following the passing of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who died Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.

“Greatest host of one of the greatest shows of all time who passed away sadly after a long battle with cancer. Who was Alex Trebek?” tweeted Armie Hammer in the style of the game show’s famous answer-and-question format. “RIP Mr. Trebek. Thank you for always being there at the end of the day to take my mind off things.”

“The answer is….. THANK YOU! Alex Trebek,” tweeted Jamie Lee Curtis. “You were grace and guts and humor and deep love.”

Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for 37 seasons, including a special primetime tournament last January between legendary contestants Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer that scored higher ratings than the last two World Series and NBA Finals. Along the way, he’s hosted plenty of celebrities in special tournaments as well, leading to the host becoming famously lampooned by Will Ferrell in a recurring “Saturday Night Live” sketch.

But beyond the success and the laughs, Trebek is being honored on Twitter for his intellectual impact on American pop culture.

“Alex Trebek made television smarter. He made America better,” tweeted CNN anchor Brian Stelter, while New York Times TV critic Jamie Poniewozik called Trebek “a giant who made knowing stuff cool” and Seth Meyers called him “great giver of joy and knowledge.”

Read more tweets honoring Trebek below.

The answer is….. THANK YOU! Alex Trebek. You were grace and guts and humor and deep love.

— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) November 8, 2020

Alex Trebek made television smarter. He made America better. RIP.

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 8, 2020

This MF year. Heartbroken. — Alex Trebek Dead at 80 After Battling Pancreatic Cancer https://t.co/tIU0rUbjDJ

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 8, 2020

RIP Alex #Trebek https://t.co/LoTZvzbLk3

— ROSIE (@Rosie) November 8, 2020

This man was the greatest game show host of all time.

Who was Alex Trebek?

— Touré (@Toure) November 8, 2020

RIP to a giant who made knowing stuff cool. https://t.co/GQybsCTDLo

— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) November 8, 2020

This really sucks. I only hope that Alex is enjoying the afterlife as much as he enjoyed pronouncing the names of French aristocrats on Jeopardy. #RIPAlexTrebek https://t.co/CUIrpjxYlL

— Cousin Sal (@TheCousinSal) November 8, 2020

RIP to a great giver of joy and knowledge. https://t.co/NsB6ejrBHQ

— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) November 8, 2020

Part of our lives for decades, he taught us about so many things and now Alex Trebek has gone from us. Sending love to his family and friends. We will miss you, sir. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/dn7oAXiI5h

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) November 8, 2020

One of my favorite shows and he was the reason. RIP Alex Trebek, a true king who found his glory👑 https://t.co/5wvBAKCnHr

— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 8, 2020

This is heartbreaking. What is a legendary broadcasting career? Alex Trebek rest in peace. https://t.co/vCHeuwWAIe

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) November 8, 2020

Very sorry to hear the news about Alex Trebek. Condolences to his family. 😞

— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 8, 2020

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