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.
Rudy Giuliani’s Daughter Is Pansexual & Says Threesomes With Couples ‘Changed’ Her Life
In a revealing new essay, Caroline Giuliani opens up about her sexuality and how she found her voice and freedom after indulging in threesomes with couples.
Rudy Giuliani’s 32-year-old daughter, Caroline Giuliani’s, life changed when she started embracing her sexuality by becoming a “unicorn,” or someone who has threesomes with couples seeking a third partner. Caroline shared her experiences with polyamory in an essay for Vanity Fair. “I now understand that my curiosity, open-mindedness and sense of adventure are three non-negotiable, defining elements of my identity,” Caroline admitted. “But it wasn’t until I started sleeping with couples that I shed my shame about those qualities, let alone embraced them in all areas of my life.”
Caroline added that her relationships with couples, which are not always sexual, helped her “better cope with depression, anxiety, and the lingering cognitive effects of adolescent anorexia” because it “became the key to harnessing [her] voice and creative spark.” She also opened up about one specific encounter with a couple, which led her to define her sexuality. “My heightened response to their energetic flow also started me on the path to identifying as pansexual,” Caroline confirmed. “Which feels more precise than bisexuality.”
Being pansexual means that Caroline is not attracted to people based on biological sex, gender or gender identity. “I am attracted to people based on their presence and energy,” she explained, “Regardless of their biological sex, gender or gender identity.”
Caroline said that her experience as a unicorn helped her embrace parts of herself that she never was able to before. “I know now that I am empathetic, radically open-minded, profoundly adventurous and fiercely committed to telling stories that reduce the stigma surrounding sexuality and mental health — including this one, right now,” she wrote. “Before I started living the unicorn life, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to list those qualities or even feel certain that they are positive traits”
She concluded by explaining that the purpose of her essay was to clarify misconceptions about “sexually adventurous people,” including the notion that they’re “less responsible” because of their lifestyle. “Shining a communal light on sexuality makes it harder for darkness, like assault and trauma, to fester,” Caroline explained. “Because of my openness, I’ve dealt with everything from first dates spitting in my mouth (without consent!) to people assuring me I’ll never find a partner to start a family with. Through all of the judgement, the incredible moments of connection and transformation I’ve shared with these couples remind me that my expansive mind is a gift.”
‘Zombieland 3’: Release Date, Story Details & More You Need To Know
Will the ‘Zombieland’ crew slay zombies again in a third film? When it comes to a possible ‘Zombieland 3,’ here are the latest updates you need to know.
There’s just something about a zombie apocalypse. It’s been less than two years since we last saw Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock in Zombieland: Double Tap, but fans are already looking ahead to a potential Zombieland 3.
Nothing has been made official just yet, but there have been more than enough teases about a third Zombieland movie. From what went down in the first Zombieland sequel to a possible plotline, HollywoodLife has rounded up the key information we know so far about Zombieland 3.
‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Recap
Zombieland: Double Tap picks up 10 years after the events of the first film. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are still alive and fighting zombies. They are still living in the White House, and Columbus is ready to propose to Wichita using the Hope Diamond. Now that’s one heck of a rock. However, Tallahassee and Columbus’ lives are turned upside down when Wichita and Little Rock suddenly disappear.
Columbus crosses paths with the ditzy Madison (Zoey Deutch), who managed to survive Zombieland by camping out in the freezer of a Pinkberry store. They went back to the White House and sleep together. Wichita returns and finds out about Columbus and Madison’s hookup. She comes back to reveal that Little Rock took off for Graceland with a man named Berkeley (Avan Jogia), and “super zombies” are on the loose. The crew heads to Graceland to find Little Rock.
The group arrives at Graceland and finds Tallahassee’s coveted vehicle “the Beast” at a nearby Elvis-themed motel that’s run by Nevada (Rosario Dawson). Tallahassee and Nevada hit it off bonding over the Elvis Presley. The group takes a trek to Babylon, a hippie commune, to find Little Rock. They face their biggest zombie horde yet. Just when Tallahassee is about to fall to the zombies, Little Rock saves him.
In the end, the zombies are defeated once again and the core four survives. Little Rock and Tallahassee make up, while Wichita and Columbus get engaged. The four of them depart Babylon with Nevada along for the ride. Little Rock breaks up with Berkeley, who winds up with Madison. The movie doesn’t end on a definitive note, so there are countless possibilities for how a third film could begin.
There is a mid-credits scene that features Bill Murray at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse in 2009 when he was promoting the fake movie Garfield 3: Flabby Tabby. TODAY weatherman Al Roker turns into a zombie in the middle of the interview. Bill kills the zombie versions of Grace Randolph and Lili Estefan before escaping. The post-credits scene is a hilarious outtake of Bill making the other actors break character when he coughs up a hairball.
Zombieland: Double Tap had a budget of $45 million. The movie was released on Oct. 18, 2019, and made nearly triple that at the box office with over $122 million. The sequel has a 69% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. The audience score is much higher at 88%. The sequel was deemed a success like the first movie. The first Zombieland made $102.4 million at the box office and has an 89% rating on the Tomatometer and 86% audience score.
Estimated Release Date
Since Zombieland 3 hasn’t been confirmed yet, there is no official release date. Zombieland: Double Tap was released in 2019, a full decade after the first Zombieland in 2009.
The idea of a third film has been tossed around, and director Ruben Fleischer revealed that Emma pitched the idea of Zombieland 3’s timeline. “We’d be really lucky to get to return to Zombieland,” Ruben told EW. “Although, I will say, Emma said, she thought it would be fun if we did one of these every 10 years. Knowing that Woody’s just the healthiest guy there is, he’s going to outlive all of us, and so we can just keep doing them every 10 years, ‘til the end of time.”
So if Zombieland 3 follows the lead of the first sequel, fans shouldn’t expect to see it until 2029. That’s a long time. Ruben also added, “I can’t imagine a better way to look forward to my future than knowing that every 10 years I get to hang out with those guys and make a movie with them again.” It all comes down to figuring out a good story to tell.
‘Zombieland 3’ Plot Line
Obviously, plot details have not been revealed just yet. However, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick do have an idea of where the third movie could be set, and it’s all thanks to Woody. “We were in Atlanta shooting and it was cold and Woody [Harrelson] was like, we should do the next one on an island,” Paul told TheWrap in 2019. “Everyone was like, I love that idea. Standing in the cold in the middle of the night, somehow, island life sounded much better. But I was like, creatively, that’s not the best choice, but as of right now, that sounds like a pretty great idea.” Rhett added, “I think I got it: I think the cure to the zombie illness has to be Fiji water, so they have to go to Fiji!” Honestly, not a bad idea.
Ahead of the sequel’s release, Paul also said that Woody has expressed a desire to make more Zombieland movies. Woody’s down to make a whopping 10 more Zombieland movies. “I don’t know if 10 is in the cards, but maybe one,” Paul revealed to TheWrap. “We’re not thinking about it though, we’re just bracing ourselves for this weekend and keeping our fingers and toes crossed that it does well.”
Speculated New & Returning Cast
Woody, Jesse, Emma, and Abigail all returned for Zombieland: Double Tap. If we’re thinking about a third Zombieland movie, it wouldn’t make sense to do it without the core four reprising their roles as Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock. Since Nevada ended up joining the crew at the end of Zombieland: Double Tap, a third movie could feature Rosario’s return as well. As for Avan and Zoey coming back as Berkeley and Madison… anything is possible.
HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Avan about his role in Zombieland: Double Tap. The role of Berkeley reunited Avan with producer Gavin Polone, who produced the ABC Family series Twisted that Avan starred in years ago. Avan opened up about embracing comedy in playing Berkeley. “It was really cool to work with them and riff off them,” Avan said. “I love comedy. Comedy is great. It’s very hard, though. It’s either funny or not funny, but I do like the environment of riffing with people and trying to create an environment for humor to come out of.”
Tallahassee and Columbus both meet their doppelgangers in Zombieland: Double Tap. They are played by Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch. When discussing the film for an Entertainment Weekly roundtable, Emma wanted to know who her doppelganger would be. Woody offered up Jennifer Lawrence, his co-star in the Hunger Games movies. Emma was totally OK with that. “Oh, yeah. That would be fun. That would be really. She’d be so funny,” Emma said. JLaw in Zombieland 3 would be epic.
In the years since between the first and second film, the main cast went on to star in some of the biggest films. Jesse starred as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 critically-acclaimed film The Social Network, which earned him his first Oscar nomination. He also starred in the hit movie Now You See Me and played Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Woody played Haymitch in the Hunger Games movies from 2012 to 2015. He notably starred in the first season of True Detective and earned an Emmy nomination. He received his third Oscar nomination for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2017.
Emma had her first leading role a year after Zombieland in Easy A. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. She played Gwen Stacy in two Amazing Spider-Man films. She was nominated for her first Oscar in 2015 and won an Oscar in 2017 for her performance in La La Land. She received a third Oscar nomination for The Favourite in 2018. Abigail was just 12 years old when she starred in Zombieland. Before returning for the sequel, she starred in films like August: Osage County, Ender’s Game, and more. She notably starred in the TV series Scream Queens as well.
Tom Brady Reveals The Hilarious 1st Thing Gisele Said To Him On The Field After Super Bowl Win
Gisele Bundchen hinted she was ready for Tom Brady to retire after he won his 7th Super Bowl. He revealed exactly what she said to him following the win in a new interview.
Tom Brady dished about life in the off-season in his first interview since winning the Super Bowl in February. While chatting with James Corden on The Late Late Show, Tom shared some behind-the-scenes tidbits about his celebration on the field after winning the big game with his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It’s a big moment, obviously, and a culmination of a lot of months of everyone working hard,” Tom explained. “I’m looking for my family and I see my oldest son run over to me, I give him a big hug. I saw my two little ones. Then, all of a sudden, I saw my wife [Gisele Bundchen], and I gave her a big hug and just as I did it, she says, ‘What else do you have to prove?’”
Gisele, of course, was referring to the fact that Tom was able to win his SEVENTH Super Bowl at 43 years old. On top of that, he did it in his first season with a brand new team after previously playing with the New England Patriots for 20 years. Fans have been wondering for years if Tom was going to be ready to retire soon, and it seems like even Gisele is on-board with that possibility.
However, Tom isn’t going anywhere. After the Super Bowl, he confirmed that he’d be returning for another season, and he told James how he avoided the discussion about retirement with his wife. “I just gave her a big hug,” he laughed. “I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick. I think I moved onto something else really quickly.”
At the end of the day, though, Gisele has been nothing but supportive of her husband. “She’s the best supporter, she’s been amazing,” Tom gushed. “I think, for me, it’s a whole different life [after football season]. There’s in-season mode of being up early, playing football. Then, all of a sudden, that literally stops. So I’m getting reacquainted with the dishwasher and where the broom is [now]!”
Tom also joked about the Bucs’ victory boat parade, where he famously threw the (very expensive) Lombardi Trophy across the water to one of his teammates. “I was not thinking at that moment,” Tom joked. “I was just…this seems really fun to do! When you get your hands on one of those trophies, there are a lot of really sharp edges on the bottom. I found out later that, had that been an incomplete pass, that would’ve went down, like, 80 feet.” Luckily, the trophy was caught successfully!