Johnny Gilbert, the 96 year old Danger! Announcer reflecting on the show’s late presenter Alex Trebek in a touching homage.
In one People Interview posted Monday, Gilbert who has worked on other game shows, including The price is correct, reflected on his unforgettable experience with Trebek, who died of pancreatic cancer on November 8th.
He remembered Trebek as more than just a charismatic TV character and called him “very introspective” and “very intelligent”.
“I noticed that he wasn’t the usual emcee with the big smiley face. He was calm and listened to everyone and everything,” Gilbert recalled.
“He read an incredible amount and traveled a lot. He always did crossword puzzles to keep his mind active. “
Alex Trebeks last days of shooting Danger!
Showrunner Mike Richards revealed that at the beginning of the first of Trebek’s last five episodes, the host delivered a heartfelt speech to viewers in which he “talked about togetherness, the importance of family … It’s going to get even more resonance now. It was so nice that we were all emotional; we were all in tears. And then we started clapping and [the noise] almost distracted because he said, “OK, now let’s play Jeopardy!” It was one of those days when he was at the top of his game even though he was obviously very sick. “