Legendary “Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek posthumously won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host of a Game Show Friday Night.
Two of Trebek’s grown children, Matthew Trebek and Emily Trebek, accepted the award on behalf of the host at the 48th annual awards ceremony. Trebek died in November at the age of 80 after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“We are very honored to accept this award on behalf of our father,” Matthew Trebek said on stage. “As far back as we can remember he has always been so proud to be a part of ‘Jeopardy! Work on a show based on knowledge, risk and [to] challenge people to think. He loved every piece.
“Over the past 37 years, the show has become her second family,” added Emily Trebek. “He was always excited to go to work, even during his battle with cancer. He was so lucky to be able to do what he loved and we know he didn’t once take it for granted. So, on behalf of our family, we thank you very much.
“Peril!” also won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.
Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, dedicated the award to Trebek in a video acceptance speech.
“We have heard from many of you since his death and we know how much he meant to you; he represented the world to us too, ”he said.
“He was more than just a game show host, he was a legend – an imposing figure,” Richards continued. “And he thought ‘Jeopardy!’ was more than just a game show. He loved it because it represented facts, competition, and a celebration of intelligence.
Matthew Trebek and Emily Trebek are the children of the late quiz host with his second wife, Jean Trebek. The host was also a relative of Nicky Trebek with his first wife, Elaine Callei.
Nicky Trebek posted a photo of herself with her dad and siblings in honor of Father’s Day last weekend.
“Looks like a minute ago,” she captioned the post.
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