CINCINNATI (FOX19) - All week on FOX19 NOW, you can see Alex Trebek’s last taped “Jeopardy!” episodes. In his 37 seasons as host of the popular show, there have been many contestants from the Cincinnati area.
Trebek died after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020.
Kyle Dallman was a contestant in March of 2020. He won more than $15,000 on his first show despite missing Final Jeopardy.
“Alex is a consummate professional,” remembers Dallman.
Also, from the Tri-State, Gauravi Shah was a contestant in early 2020. She was introduced as a beer expert from Ohio but bonded with the host because they are both from Canada.
“He was really friendly and really nice to meet,” remembers Shah. “And even through the day he was talking to the audience nonstop, a lot about his cancer too, and he was very comfortable with talking about his illness. He was lovely really funny, super charming. He was a great guy.”
Dallman and Shah said Trebek was a hard worker and a true professional.
They are looking forward to continuing to watch the show and see who will take over for the legendary host.
“I would love if there was some sort of female representation,” says Shah. “Maybe a person of color, being a woman of color myself. That would be really great because I do think it is very dominating by white men and trivia as a whole is dominated by males. And I think the more representation there is if you have a female host the more contestants likely to try out.”
Dallman says Trebek made a difference, not just as an entertainer, but as so much more.
“I just want to say, ‘thank you for being entertainment and more than that an arbiter of the truth,’” says Dallman. “There is a right and wrong answer, and I think that is increasingly important these days.”
There is no right or wrong answer to who replaces Trebek, but one thing is true, he will never be forgotten.
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