Alex Trebek’s last episodes on ‘Jeopardy!’ will air until Jan. 8, which will conclude with a ‘special tribute.’ Before the TV special, HollywoodLife is sharing our own tribute for the legendary game show host.
Fans of Jeopardy! are beginning 2021 on a nostalgic note, since the game show is airing its last episodes hosted by Alex Trebek between Jan. 4-Jan. 8. The legendary game show host passed away at 80 years old after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020, and taped his very last episode just 10 days before his death.
Alex’s last episode, airing this Friday, will conclude with “a special tribute to the life and work of the man who captained America’s Favorite Quiz Show with skill, style, and sophistication for 36+ years,” according to a statement from Sony Pictures Television, which produces Jeopardy! Before the TV tribute, however, we also want to look back at Alex’s long career in hosting which began in the ’60s.
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Alex — who was born in Ontario and attended Canada’s University of Ottawa — got his start in media and news at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1961, before graduating from college with a philosophy degree. “I went to school in the mornings and worked at nights. I did everything, at one time replacing every announcer in every possible job,” Alex had said, according to CBC-TV publicity materials from 1964, according to CBC Radio Canada.
By 1963, Alex landed his first hosting job on a teen music/dance program called Music Hop that aired in Canada. You can see a clip of him interviewing legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot below! The gig was the start of a successful trajectory in Alex’s TV and radio career, which was followed by other hosting gigs on Canadian programs like a high school quiz show called Reach for the Top, a game show called Strategy, and a morning drive radio show for CBC Toronto called I’m Here Til 9 in the years leading up to 1973.
In 1973, Alex made his big break on American television with a hosting role on an NBC game show called The Wizard of Odds. While the show only lasted until 1974, Alex never had a hard time securing a hosting role afterwards, which he did on American game shows like Double Dare, High Rollers, and Battlestars for the remainder of the late ’70s/early ’80s.
Fate came calling in 1984: Alex was asked to host the revival of Jeopardy!, since the host of the original show, Art Fleming, did not wish to return. It was a perfect match, and Alex went on to host more than 8,000 episodes by the time he passed away in Nov. 2020. The TV icon even still reported to his job for more than a year after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March of 2019.
Throughout his life, Alex also had two marriages. He married his first wife, broadcaster Elaine Callei Trebek, in 1974 but divorced in 1981. He then tied the knot with sound healer and Reiki master Jean Currivan Trebek in 1990, and they remained together up until Alex’s death at the end of 2020. They welcomed two children: Emily Trebek, 28, and Matthew Trebek, 31. You can see even more photos of Alex and the extraordinary life he lived in HollywoodLife‘s gallery above.
‘Siesta Key’: Chloe Reveals Why She Left Season 4 After Filming Took A Toll On Her Mental Health
Previews for season 4 of ‘Siesta Key’ show Chloe Trautman announcing that she’ll be leaving the show in the middle of filming, and she dished all about it in our EXCLUSIVE interview.
“I’m at a point where I really don’t want to be a part of this anymore,” Chloe Trautman says in the trailer for season 4 of Siesta Key. “Farewell everyone.” While the details surrounding Chloe’s unexpected departure are still vague, she dished more about the decision in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife. In the months leading up to filming, Chloe underwent an extreme mental and physical lifestyle change. She lost 50 pounds and cut “toxic” people out of her life. However, when filming for Siesta Key began again in Nov. 2020, she noticed that the “old Chloe” was starting to come back.
“In that environment, I have always been the ‘old Chloe,’ and it was like oil and water mixing filming and the new me,” she explained. “Well, I don’t like to say ‘new me,’ I like to say ‘true me.’ This season, you really see that battle of me trying to stay the course with the internal work that I’ve done. But I’m not perfect and I definitely have some bumps this season. Overall, I’m really proud of myself for putting myself out there and putting my mental health first. I think, more than ever, that’s such an important message to send — no matter what you’re doing in your life, if you’re placing yourself in an environment that’s not for your highest good, walk away from it. I’m just proud that I’ll represent that this season.”
Chloe did make the difficult decision to walk away. She said that the lack of support from her friends, who were skeptical about her transformation, was what ultimately led to the decision. “They weren’t as supportive as I think they could’ve been,” Chloe admitted. “Understandably, they were skeptical — they were wondering if this was just a phase. But for me, it just really built up. Every week, all the cast parties we’d go to, it would just build up over and over and over again. It just got to a point where I was like, ‘Alright, guys, stop trying to tear me down.’ When I didn’t feel like I had enough support from my friends and cast and production, I took a big step back.”
Luckily, it was the right decision, and Chloe told that it was “extremely necessary” for her. “I feel like I did the most work on myself in that time when I took a step back,” she revealed. “To me, in your true power, you should be able to place yourself in any environment and still stand true to who you are.”
Chloe also dished about the “breaking point” that led her to transform her lifestyle and become the person who she is today. “[In March 2020], our friend group went to Aspen and I was 50 pounds heavier than I am right now,” she explained. “I was skiing down a mountain and I was so out of shape, and I ended up falling and really hurting myself. It was in that moment that I cried out to God for help. Then, I went through a breakup with my ex-boyfriend of almost four years and my grandmother, who passed away, came to me and spoke to me on her birthday in June. My life just changed. The right people started to come into my life. I stopped drinking. I stopped partying. I really stepped back from any toxic environment or friendships I was in, too.”
Now, Chloe is “really excited” to show Siesta Key viewers the new version of herself. “I can’t wait to show people how, when you heal yourself, it’s truly the greatest thing you can ever do,” she gushed. “And how important it is to take time for yourself and mental health and meditating and all those beautiful things.” Siesta Key returns on May 12 at 8:00 p.m. on MTV.
Tom Brady Honors Ex Bridget Moynahan On Mother’s Day With Blended Family Photo
On Mother’s Day, Tom Brady made sure to honor the women he thinks are the ‘greatest of all time’ – his wife, Gisele Bündchen, and his ex – and mother of his oldest son — Bridget Moynahan.
Tom Brady didn’t leave anyone out of his Mother’s Day messages. On Sunday (May 9), the NFL icon took time to honor all the amazing mothers in his life, including his ex, Bridget Moynahan. “Happy Mother’s Day,” Tom, 43, captioned a photo he posted to his Instagram Stories. In the pic, Tom and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, stand next to his 13-year-old son, Jack, and his mother. It was a sweet, blended family photo and a lovely sentiment from Tom to his ex-girlfriend on this special day.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback also paid tribute to Gisele, 40, in his Instagram Story (“My numero uno,” he captioned a photo of the supermodel snuggling her and Tom’s kids, Ben, 11, and Vivian, 8) and with a touching post that featured all his kids. “Happy Mother’s Day, [Gisele],” Tom captioned the black and white shot of all five of them on the beach. “You love us and support us like no other. Have a special day! [heart emoji] [heart emoji].”
Along with Bridget and Gisele, Tom celebrated his mother, 76-year-old Galynn Patricia Brady. Tom posted a photo of Gisele hugging Gaylnn. “Happy Mother’s Day [heart emoji] to the best moms in the world!!”
Though Tom and Bridget called it quits in late 2006, the two have remained on good terms. However, it’s not every day that Tom makes a public gesture of affection towards his ex, so it was quite a moment when he wished her a “Happy Birthday” on April 29. That day, Bridget turned 50, and Tom celebrated by posting a photo of her alongside their son Jack to his Instagram Story. “Happy Birthday,” he captioned the photo. “We hope you have a great day!”
Months after Tom and Bridget split, the couple revealed that she was pregnant with his child. She gave birth to Jack in August 2007, right as Tom was starting his relationship with Gisele. “It was very hard for my wife to think she fell in love with this guy, and now this guy’s ex-girlfriend’s pregnant,” he said in a 2020 interview. “And it was very challenging for my son’s mom because she didn’t envision that either. But I think we all made the best of the situation, and fortunately, he’s the most amazing son.”
Halle Berry Loses Her Mind Over Xscape & SWV’s Epic Verzuz Battle: ‘Thanks For Making My Weekend’
R&B fans, it’s the Verzuz you’ve been waiting for! Tiny Harris, Kandi Burruss and the girls from Xscape just went head-to-head with the iconic SWV — and Halle Berry was here for it!
Xscape and SWV dominated pop and R&B airwaves back in the ’90s — and now they’re back to take on Instagram. The two legendary groups went head-to-head in Timbaland‘s latest “Verzuz” battle on Saturday, May 8. Halle Berry was one of many A-Listers who joined in on the event, excitedly tweeting along as the event happened live. “Love all of the ladies, thank you for making my weekend beautiful,” the Oscar winner declared in a comment as a SWV belted out their tune “Weak.” One fan replied, “@halleberry quoting an obscure but known Xscape track was not on our menu tonight.”
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At one point, Kandi Burruss went viral after delivering a spine chilling whistle note during the Xscape song “Understanding.” As the music stopped, the quartet continued the chorus a cappella as the crowd sang along in the comments. For SWV’s part, the trio absolutely slayed their tune “Right Here” — which many fans declared the winning moment!
Xscape — which is made up of members Kandi, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott — brought out hit after hit during the event. The ladies were sure to include their ultra sexy 1998 hit “My Little Secret,” which was produced by Jermaine Dupri, along with a cover of “Who Can I Run To?” and many more in the Urban Decay sponsored stream.
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“What’s up everybody, it’s your girl Tiny!” the newly minted grandmother began. “And it’s your girl Kandi!” the Real Housewives of Atlanta < cast member replied, as LaTocha and Tamika joined in to say, “And we’re Xscape!” Tiny then quipped, “I don’t know what ya’ll gonna do because we haven’t started rehearsing or nothing — and SWV is going to kill ya’ll.” Pro Kandi didn’t seem to mind the competition bit, noting that they are “friendly” with SWV. “I am excited about the Verzuz — I think that it’s really cool because we get along with SWV, we have a sisterhood but it’s you know, a friendly competition,” she replied.
SWV — made up of Coko Clemons, Tamara Johnson-George, and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons — also killed it with some massive hits of their own! Their 1992 debut album spawned the sing along tunes “I’m So Into You” and “Right Here,” while 1996’s New Beginning includes “You’re The One.” It was such a blast seeing these three ladies come together for the night, and they looked like they were having just as much fun as the viewers at home.
“We are three young ladies from New York City — we are super dope,” Coko said in a promo video, as the women talked about their kids ahead of Mother’s Day. “It’s exciting just knowing all the ladies that are participating — we are all mothers. We have something to live for — we all have children — and we all grew up in this industry together,” Lelee added.