Ryan Reynolds has recalled appearing in one of Alex Trebek’s final Jeopardy! episodes filmed before the game show host’s death, describing it as an ‘honour’.
On November 8 2020, Trebek died at the age of 80 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Trebek’s last episodes of Jeopardy!, a game show he first began hosting in 1984, were filmed around a week and a half before his death, on October 29.
This week, the beloved television presenter’s final five episodes of Jeopardy! are airing on TV, the first of which featured a poignant message from Trebek about the Covid-19 outbreak.
Canadian-American actor Reynolds also made a special appearance in one of the episodes, delivering a clue about his film Free Guy, the release date of which was delayed last year as a result of the pandemic.
‘I’m Ryan Reynolds. In my 2020 movie Free Guy, I play a bank teller who comes to realise that he’s really an NPC, short for this kind of character in an open-world video game,’ he said in the pre-recorded clip.
One of the contestants offered the correct answer to the question, which was ‘non-player character’.
After the clip starring Reynolds was shared by the Jeopardy! Twitter account, the Deadpool star re-shared it, saying it was both an ‘honour’ and ‘heartbreaking’ to appear alongside Trebek for one of his last appearances on Jeopardy!
‘It’s an honour (and a little heartbreaking) to be with #AlexTrebek one last time on @Jeopardy,’ the actor tweeted, alongside a Canadian flag emoji.
According to ET, Reynolds’ cameo was filmed in 2019.
Following Trebek’s death last year, Reynolds paid tribute to his kind nature, describing him as being ‘gracious and funny’ when he made a cameo in Free Guy.
‘Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle,’ Reynolds tweeted.
‘He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.’
Trebek, who won six Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career, was signed on to host Jeopardy! until 2022.
He is survived by his wife Jean and their two children, son Matthew and daughter Emily.
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