The television icons Alex Trek and Larry King were each honored by the Daytime Emmys after they passed away last November and January, respectively.
Trebek won the Daytime Emmy for best game show host for his work on “Jeopardy!,” which also won best game show. His children Matt and Emily were on hand to accept the award on his behalf, according to Fox News.
“For as long as we can remember, he was always so proud to be a part of ‘Jeopardy!’, to work on a show that was based on knowledge, risk and the challenge — people had to think. He loved every bit of it,” said his son, with Emily adding, “He was always excited to go to work, even during his battle with cancer. He was so fortunate that he was able to do what he loved, and we know that he not once took it for granted.”
Executive producer Mike Richards dedicated the game show victory to Trebek, who hosted “Jeopardy!” for 37 years before he died after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.
“He was more than just a game show host. He was a legend, a towering figure,” Richards said. “He believed that ‘Jeopardy!’ was more than just a game show. He loved it because it stood for facts, competition, and the celebration of intelligence.”
Trebek was also honored by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in some pre-taped comments.
“I got to talk with him a few years ago, and he expressed to me how proud he was to be a Canadian,” Trudeau said. “I had to tell him that all Canadians are incredibly proud that he’s one of us as well.”
King, who died in January at the age of 87, won the Emmy for most informative talk show host for his show on Ora TV. His sons Chance and Cannon accepted the award on his behalf.
“This last season was a testament to his love for broadcasting,” Chance King said. “As much as he is gone, he is with us in our hearts forever.”
Trebek and King are dearly missed by millions of fans all over the world. There will never be anyone else like them.