“Jeopardy!” champions Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer pay tribute to Alex Trebek: “You will never be replaced in our hearts”

'A lovely and deeply decent man"

Danielle Garrand – CBS News

Legendary “Jeopardy!” champions Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer paid tribute to the show’s host Alex Trebek on Sunday, shortly after the program announced the beloved figure had died following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

“Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him,” wrote Jennings on Twitter, along with a photo of the two of them. “Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family—which, in a way, included millions of us.”

Jennings holds the titles of most consecutive games won and highest winnings on the show during regular season play, according to the show’s website. In January, he emerged victorious in the “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” tournament — becoming the show’s best player ever.

Holzhauer also offered kind words in the wake of the iconic television host’s death.

“It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life,” tweeted Holzhauer. “You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex.”

Holzhauer, a professional gambler, became a sensation in 2019 during a 32-day streak on the show. He took home $2.462 million during the time, making him the second-biggest winner in “Jeopardy!” history and only the second person after Jennings to pass the $2 million mark. He currently holds the show’s record for most single-game winnings, according to the show’s website. 

The star continued, explaining Trebek was “so much more than a host.”

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