09 November 2020 04:33
(CNN) The world has changed a great deal, but the love for "Jeopardy!" has not. The game show and its host, Alex Trebek, have provided some stable enjoyment in the midst of much instability this past year. Despite being ill, the long-time host continued to work on his hit quiz show and recently enjoyed a rare night in which returning champion Kevin Walsh found himself answering the final question solo after the other two contestants ended up with either a deficit or zero balance. Here are some other memorable moments from the show: Clean-shaven Trebek When Trebek debuted as host of "Jeopardy!" in 1984, he sported a healthy mustache. It became his signature look.
Viewers were shocked he shaved it off in 2001, giving him a more youthful appearance. He went back and forth over the years with mustache and without, before finally settling on a clean-shaven look the past few years. #AlexTrebeard may be gone... but he's never more than a few days (without shaving) away. Farewell! pic.twitter.com/vT4WAGlZwT — Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) September 20, 2018 In 2018, Trebek announced on Twitter that his wife "voted" for him to go without his facial hair. So that settled it. Mixing it up with a sister show For April's Fool Day in 1997, Trebek switched places with "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak. What followed was... different. Both games shows--and their hosts--have been beloved for years, so viewers rolled with it. The Ken Jennings streak There may have never been more excitement surrounding the competition than in 2014, when contestant Ken Jennings won 74 games back to back, the longest streak in "Jeopardy!" history. The software engineer didn't do too shabby in the winnings department either, bringing home $3,370,700. James Holzhauer, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings competed in "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time." He snagged the grand prize of $1 million as champion. Showed him the money James Holzhauer thrilled viewers in 2019, when he made history setting the record for the largest single-game winnings at $131,127. He went on to enjoy a 32 consecutive-game winning streak and won one of the "Tournament of Champions" specials. But it's contestant Brad Rutter who is celebrated as one of the biggest money winners ever on the show. Thanks to his various appearances on the franchise, including a $2.1 million win during one of "Tournament of Champions," Rutter has earned more than $5 million from the show. Three -way tie Professor Scott Weiss created a true moment of sportsmanship in 2007. He structured his final wager so that if he and his two fellow contestants would all have $16,000 if everyone answered the final question correctly. They did and it led to the show's first ever three-way tie not involving zero dollars. All three returned for the following episode. host Alex Trebek was married to Jean Currivan for over three decades and shared two children with her. The legendary game show host lost his battle with stage four pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020. 8 Alex Trebek and Jean Currivan married in 1990 Credit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Alex Trebek married to? Trebek was married to 56-year-old Jean Currivan for 30 years after the pair tied the knot in 1990. In July 2020, Trebek became emotional when speaking about how strong his wife has been throughout his cancer battle. 8 The pair share two kids together Credit: Getty Images - Getty The Jeopardy! host sat down with Good Morning America to discuss his journey while fighting cancer and broke down in tears over his longtime spouse's support. Trebek said: "There was one day a few weeks ago when Jeannie asked me in the morning, 'How do you feel?' And I said, 'I feel like I want to die.' It was that bad. "I apologize to her and explain that it has nothing to do with my love for her or my feelings for her. 8 Trebek said his wife was tremendously supportive through his illness Credit: Getty Images - Getty "It just has to do with the fact that I feel like I'm a terrible burden to her. And that bothers me tremendously." "I'm just in awe of the way she handles it." The real estate project manager previously said every day the two remain together "is a gift." What did Alex Trebek's wife say about his cancer diagnosis? Jean, 56, wrote that she first spotted her husband's pancreatic cancer symptoms personal essay for the site Guideposts. "We'd finished dinner one night, and I looked across the table at Alex. His coloring seemed off," about a trip to Israel in 2018. 8 Trebek once said he felt like a 'burden' to Currivan Credit: Getty Images Jean asked her husband if he was feeling okay, and he responded: "I'm good." "Alex is not one to complain. But he admitted that he was having some stomach pains. I figured, okay, we were in a different country. Maybe it was something he ate," Jean wrote. But when the family returned home to California, Trebek continued to feel ill and went to see a doctor. "His doctor ran some tests, then some more. We weren't so worried that we canceled a trip to New York," Jean wrote. 8 Currivan said she could tell something was wrong with him on a trip to california Credit: AP:Associated Press But she said doctors called while in their hotel room, notifying the Trebeks that there were "concerns" – prompting them to cut their trip short. "Some concerns. What did that mean? I pulled my mind back from the fear that was welling inside me. We didn't know what we didn't know," Jean wrote. "I wouldn't let myself jump to conclusions. But I knew Alex was thinking what I was thinking." In March 2019, Trebek was notified he had Stage IV pancreatic cancer with a tumor that spread to the soft lining of his stomach when he went in for a CT scan at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Did they have children? 8 The couple have two adult children Credit: Getty Images - Getty The couple share two kids, son Matthew, 30, and daughter Emily, 27. When did he pass away? In March 2019, Trebek announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He tragically passed away on November 8, 2020. According to TMZ, a spokesperson confirmed, "Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends." 8 Trebek passed away in early November 2020 Credit: ABC Although he had been through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, the five-year predicted survival rate is just nine percent for the disease. The show's official Twitter confirmed the news: "Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex. What did people say about his death? 8 Trebek's celebrity friends were devastated to learn of his passing Credit: Getty Images Many celebrities reacted to the tragic news, including fellow TV personality Steve Harvey, who wrote: "My heart is so sad over the passing of the classiest game show host of all time!!! His style was real to me …… condolences to his entire family and fans." 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