Jeopardy!” announcer Johnny Gilbert remembers the late Alex Trebek in a particular way.
Gilbert called Trebek both a friend and colleague since 1984, People reported.
On November 8, at the age of 80, Trebek died following a difficult battle against pancreatic cancer. The quintessential game show host was diagnosed in March 2019.
“Everybody’s walking around in a little bit of a fog, shaken from the whole thing,” the 96-year-old said. “Part of me left here when Alex left, really.”
“‘Jeopardy!’ has always been my life,” he added. “I got married [to wife Sharee] right after the show went on the air, so our life together and the show’s life are all bundled into one.”
When Gilbert met Trebek, he said that “he wasn’t the usual big-smiley-face emcee” and was someone who “was quiet and listening to everybody and everything.”
“Alex has always been the same person,” he explained. “He was very introspective, he read a tremendous amount and traveled a lot.”
Gilbert also shared that his friend was always doing crossword puzzles to “keep his mind active.”
The “Jeopardy!” announcer recalled how the host would interact with audience members. Gilbert shared that Trebek would answer questions during commercial breaks, no matter how silly or serious they were.
As for whoever takes over Trebek’s legacy as “Jeopardy!” host, Gilbert has advice for the person.
“‘Jeopardy!’ is a very special game,” he said. “If the person lets the show be the show, it will be fine.”