After hosting ‘Jeopardy’ for 36 years, the late Alex Trebek had some truly iconic interactions with contestants. We have his most incredible moments as his final episodes count down.
There will never be another game show host and quizmaster as quick on his feet, whip-smart and beloved as Jeopardy‘s Alex Trebek. The 80-year-old succumbed to his 20 month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020, but had taped enough episodes of Jeopardy to last into early 2021. His final shows are appearing through Jan. 8, and in memory of the G.O.A.T., we’re looking back at his most iconic moments. From rapping questions to college contestants, to owning folks with one line zingers, Alex was the man. A true pop culture icon who transcended TV, and helped educate generations with his quick witted quizmaster skills. Here’s five of his most memorable moments.
A Contestant’s Answer Nearly Makes Ailing Alex Cry
On Nov. 11, 2019’s show — eight months after Trebek revealed he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, contestant Dhruv Gaur made viewers at home and Alex himself misty with his final Jeopardy answer. Since he didn’t know the correct answer, he wrote out a special message to the longtime host. “Did you come up with the right one? No?” Alex asked before reading “What is, ‘We love you, Alex!’” It made Alex get choked up, with his voice wavering, “Oh, that’s very kind.” Yet he still gathered himself to tell Gaur that the answer cost him $1,995, leaving him with $5. Such a pro.
Alex Gets Caught Off Guard By Ken Jennings’ Saucy ‘Hoe’ Answer
Jeopardy‘s most winning contestant (and interim host after Alex’s passing) Ken Jennings showed his quick witted yet naughty side with a spicy answer during an Oct. 8, 2004 show. The question was, “This term for long handled gardening tool can also mean an immoral pleasure seeker.” Ken was quick on the buzzer to answer “hoe.” Alex shot back a couple of shocked “whoa’s” in response, before joking “Did they teach you that in school in Utah, Ken?” about the Brigham Young University alum. For the record, the correct answer was “rake.”
Alex Calls A Contest A Loser…In The Best Way
Alex had one of his most memorable zingers when a contestant during an Oct. 12, 2016 show told him that her favorite type of music was “Nerdcore Hip Hop.” He said he’d never heard of the genre, but “it didn’t sound like fun.” The contestant named Susan explained that it was “people who identify as nerdy rap about the things they love: video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners. You know…it’s really catchy and fun.” Alex looked directly at her and said “Losers in other words.” ZING!
Alex GoesWithout Pants In Solidarity With Contestants, Then Gets Owned
Alex went pantless during the Apr. 1, 2016 Tournament of Champions episode in fellowship with the three contestants, who wanted to do the same. He walked out onstage in his shirt, tie, jacket and black socks with no pants. “I was informed backstage a few minutes ago that our three contestants Ken, Brad and Jerome wanted to relieve some of the tension, and they said ‘We must do the program without trousers.’” Alex then asked “Now can we get a camera behind to make sure they have done the same as I?” Of course all three of the men had their pants on, and Alex turned around and walked offstage without saying a word, clearly disappointed that they didn’t follow through (and then returned wearing pants).
Alex Trebek’s Rap Skills During Questions Are Iconic
Alex showed off his mad rapping skills several times on the show when the music category came up, and every time the video would go viral. During the Apr. 2017 Jeopardy College Championship, he spit bars through the category of “Let’s Rap, Kids.” Alex read the lyrics with serious rap flair, and the contestants had to name the artist. Alex killed it by spitting bars from Drake‘s “Started From The Bottom,” Kendrick Lamar‘s “mAAd city,” Lil Wayne‘s “6 Foot 7 Foot,” and Kanye West‘s “Famous,” along with beats provided underneath. On other episodes, Alex had rapped through Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee,” as well as the theme song from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Bow dow to this man, the greatest game show host and quizmaster ever.
Christie Brinkley, 66, Goes ‘Swimming In The Rain’ In Black Swimsuit On Turks & Caicos Vacation — Watch
Christie Brinkley is living her best life! The former model shared a clip of herself singing in the ocean, while rocking snorkeling gear.
Christie Brinkley has never looked happier! The 66-year-old took to Instagram on January 16 to share a clip of herself singing in the rain, offering her take on the classic 1952 Gene Kelly song. “I’m Swimming in the Rain,” she captioned the video adding, “[I] hope this gives you a laugh.” In the clip, Christie rocked a black one piece swimsuit, blue flippers, and snorkeling gear as she waded about in the crystal blue waters. The former Sports Illustrated covergirl is certainly living her best life while on vacation in Turks and Caicos.
“This made my day!!” one fan commented, while another wrote, “Fun and joyful!!! You are sunshine in the rain!!!” Of course, this wasn’t the first time Christie has proved she’s completely ageless. Most recently, she kicked off the new year with a gorgeous snap of herself posing beside the crystal blue ocean. “Cliffhanger,” she captioned her January 9 pic, in which she rocked an aqua blue bikini top and black, high-waisted bike shorts. Christie also stayed protected in a wide-brim straw hat, as she accessorized with a silver watch and a gold ring.
She doesn’t only look chic while relaxing on the beach, Christie also proved she can look glam while gardening. The former model posted a series of pics of herself on Instagram on January 11, which showed her watering some plants along the entrance to a seemingly private beach. She rocked a strapless red swimsuit, along with a large floral wrap which she wore as a skirt. The blonde beauty used the snap as an opportunity to discuss the state of America amid the Capitol riots on January 6. “It hurts my heart so much to hear all the terrible news,” she wrote in the photo’s caption. “We need to cultivate peace, calm and understanding. We need to grow love and mutual respect.” We can’t wait to see what Christie gets up to in 2021!
Lisa Rinna Fans Think She Looks Like A Kardashian With New Blonde Highlights Makeover
Lisa Rinna has debuted a new longer hairstyle and perfect makeup showing off her plump pout. Fans are remarking how the ‘RHOBH’ star looks like she could be a Kardashian sister.
Well hello Lisa Kardashian! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna is celebrating her new lipstick line, and released several glam photos of her wearing one of the products on her pillowy pout. In one snapshot she shared via Instagram on Jan. 15, fans said Lisa looked like she could be Kim Kardashian‘s twin! The 57-year-old ditched her iconic short shag for a long and perfectly styled hairpiece by celebrity wig and hair stylist Clyde Haygood, who just so happens to have worked on Kim’s tresses as well!
Lisa’s brunette locks featured blonde highlights, and the hair was pulled back with long extensions coming from a slight bouffant lift at the back of her head. The Bravo star’s skin looked extra bronzed in the photo, and she wore a rosy eye with super long and full lashes, perfectly contoured brows and dark liner that made her eyes look similar to the shape of Kim’s.
The mother of two’s famous oversized pout also resembled that of the SKIMS founder’s pillowy puckers. Lisa’s already large lips looked gorgeous in a shimmery pink shade from her new beauty line called “Rose All Day.” Add chunky hoop earrings and fans were doing a double take in the comments that Lisa bore such a striking resemblance the 40-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star.
User @sanapapix commented, “Could pass for Kim K with this pic,” along with a hearts for eyes smiling emoji. @mettel74 told Lisa, “You look like Kim Kardashian…” to which @maryehorsman43 agreed, saying, “I said the same.” User @mellimoo21 marveled, “It is Kim Kardashian.” Fan @pamulafloyd told Lisa, “You have some @kimkardashian going on there.”
Other fans were completely wowed by Lisa’s long hairstyle, as she’s worn her short shag cut for nearly her entire career. Thus any time Lisa changes things up with her tresses, her IG followers notice. Fan @mez_mo_rizing told her “So love the hair on you…let your hair grow…it looks amazing on you,” while @alexeichamberland said, “Make this permanent.” User @dustin_barks commented, “Your hair is everything!!! Beautiful!” Fan @angela.marie.frangione gushed, “Wow you look like you went back in time! You look half your age! Beautiful!” This really is one of Lisa’s best looks, as her hair and makeup are absolute perfection.
‘WandaVision’ Recap: The Key ‘Ultron’ Connection You May Have Missed & What It Could Mean
‘WandaVision’ made its grand debut on Jan. 15. Wanda and Vision seem to be living the perfect sitcom life, but nothing is what it seems. There was one particular moment that hints at trouble ahead.
The first two episodes of WandaVision launched on its premiere day, and the second episode began to set the stage for the unraveling of what’s really going on. Wanda and Vision are still living out their black and white sitcom life without a care in the world. Wanda goes to a get-together in honor of the upcoming talent show with the other ladies of the neighborhood, including Agnes and Geraldine (a.k.a. Monica Rambeau). Wanda also meets the leader of the pack, Dottie. After everyone leaves, Dottie tells Wanda that she’s “heard things” about Wanda and Vision.
Wanda is caught off guard and assures Dottie that she doesn’t mean anyone “any harm.” Dottie replies, “I don’t believe you.” Suddenly the radio turns on and someone calls to Wanda. “Can you read me?” the mystery man asks. Dottie asks Wanda who is on the radio before turning to Wanda and saying, “Who are you?”
The voice continues to call out to Wanda. “Who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” the man asks. Wanda is in complete shock. A few moments later, the radio and the glass in Dottie’s hand explodes. When Dottie starts bleeding, it’s in color.
The next scene is a commercial for a Strucker watch. A close-up of the watch is shown, and there are some very telling clues about what’s at the heart of this story. The watch bears the HYDRA symbol and “HYDRA” is written in plain sight. The Strucker watch is a clear nod to Wolfgang von Strucker, one of the leaders of HYDRA. HYDRA has been one of the MCU’s biggest threats since Captain America, and it appears HYDRA may be far from extinct.
Strucker, Wanda, and Wanda’s brother Pietro were first introduced in a credits scene following Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Strucker showed List where the Scepter was and introduced him to Wanda and Pietro, who were being held prisoner in separate cells. This led right to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Strucker was eventually arrested by the Avengers and later killed by Ultron.
The reasons behind Wanda’s alternate reality are not explained in the first two episodes. If HYDRA is making a comeback, then it will be met with full force by S.W.O.R.D., the subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. that stands for Sentient World Observation and Response Department. The S.W.O.R.D. symbol is seen on the toy helicopter Wanda found in her yard and on the back of the Beekeeper’s suit at the end of the second episode.