On Friday night, Alex Trebek
, the legendary “Jeopardy
!” host, was awarded the Daytime Emmy for outstanding game show host.
Trebek's adult children
, Matthew Trebek and Emily Trebek, accepted the award on his behalf at the 48th annual award ceremony. Trebek died in November of stage 4 pancreatic cancer
at the age of 80.
“We are so honored to accept this award on behalf of our father,” Matthew Trebek said on stage. “For as long as we can remember, he was always so proud to be a part of ‘Jeopardy!’ To work
on a show that was based on knowledge, risk, and [to] challenge people
how to think, he loved every minute of it.”
“Over the past 37 years, the show became his second family
,” Emily Trebek continued, “and he was always excited to go to work, even during his battle
with cancer. He was so fortunate to be able to do what he loved, and we know he never took it for granted, so on behalf of our family, we thank you so much.”
Thank you, @DaytimeEmmys! pic.twitter.com/Ji6ipUsNs9 — Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) June 26, 2021
“Jeopardy!” was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for best game show.
The award was dedicated to Trebek in a video acceptance speech by Mike Richards, the show's executive producer.
“We’ve heard from so many of you since he died, and we know how much he meant to you; he meant the world to us, too,” he said.
“He was more than just a game show host; he was a legend — a towering figure,” Richards continued, “and he believed that ‘Jeopardy!’ was more than just a game show; he loved it because it represented facts
, competition, and a celebration of intelligence.”
The late trivia show host's children with his second wife, Jean Trebek, are Matthew Trebek and Emily Trebek; he also had a child with his first wife, Elaine Callei, who was Nicky Trebek.
In honor of Father's Day last weekend, Nicky Trebek shared a photo of herself with her father and siblings.
She captioned the photo, "Seems like a minute ago."
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