Danger! host Ken Jennings reveals touching tribute to Alex Trebek from the game show scene
KEN Jennings has left Jeopardy! fans in their feelings after revealing that the game show has a one-of-a-kind Lego model on stage.
Her touching Twitter video showed Alex Trebek – who died in 2020 – hosting a scaled-down version of the real thing.
Ken, 48, shared a Jeopardy-themed video of the model! on his personal Twitter page.
His video showed an intricate replica of the set, from animated audience members to the clue board.
Three competitors seemed eager to leave and, of course, it was Alex on the host podium.
Even longtime announcer Johnny Gilbert, 94, got the Lego treatment and sat at his side of the podium in one of his classic red Jeopardys! varsity jackets.
Johnny now records the famous “this is Jeopardy!” intro from home, but since the model was built in 2016, he and Alex were up there in all their glory.
The current game show host captioned the video, “This Lego model from the Jeopardy set! is one of my favorite artifacts on our stage. Always nice to see Alex animating again.”
‘WE MISS ALEX TOO!’
One fan wrote: “We all miss Alex so much, Ken. He is forever in our hearts and always our inspiration. RIP, Alex Trebek. We miss you.”
“This is the Lego Movie spin-off that *should* be made!” another fan suggested.”
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Other viewers wrote that they “love everything about it”.
“This really brightened up my day, it’s super cool,” while another person said, “Sounds amazing!!”
The model was built using 125K bricks, according to a separate Lego video, and took 100 hours (or 200 episodes of Jeopardy!) to build.
Other Twitter followers were competitors who said they spotted the large model when competing, but didn’t have time to fully appreciate how wonderfully accurate it was.
DAILY DOUBLE ACCOMMODATION OBLIGATIONS
Over the summer, Ken and actress Mayim Bialik, 47, were announced as the permanent replacements for the late, longtime host Alex.
Alex tragically passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 80 in 2020, leaving huge shoes to fill, and it took two drama-filled years to fill them.
Ken’s current hosting block began March 10 after Mayim’s three-week teen tournament ended and he is hosting until April 28.
Then, Mayim will complete the last four months of Season 39 which ends in August.
Ken recently took to Twitter to joke about what he was doing while Mayim was hosting the tournament after someone asked him how he spent his time when he wasn’t filming.
“I go into one of those cases of freezing Alien movies when Mayim hosts, and vice versa.”
Fans took the opportunity to blast Mayim in replies to the tweet, as many viewers made no secret of their preference for the former 74-time champion as the host.
“This is where I go when she hosts too,” one person wrote.
When Mayim returns on May 1, fans will get even more of Ken as he hosts Jeopardy! Masters, a 20-episode primetime round robin on ABC.
It’s said to air in early spring, but the date is TBD – it includes legends like James Holzhauer.