TV legends Alex Trebek and Larry King, who have both died in recent months, were honored during Friday’s Daytime Emmys ceremony, but that wasn’t the only honor they received. They both also won Emmys.
“Danger!” Presenter Trebek, who died in November after a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer in the fourth stage, accepted the award for the presenter of the game show with the syndicated “Jeopardy!” Win for Outstanding Game Show. King, who died in January after being hospitalized for COVID-19, received Emmy Emmy for “Larry King Now” on Ora TV.
Trebek, King and another popular talk host, Regis Philbin, who died in July, received special attention during the in-memoriam segment of the CBS show, with awards host Sheryl Underwood of “The Talk” calling them “three day giants “designated. After this tribute, where famous friends spoke on behalf of every man, “The Bold and the Beautiful” star Diamond White sang “The world is a better place because of you” while others who died last year were pictured on daily television were screen.
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Trebek, who was born in Canada and became famous in the United States as the host of game shows, was co-starred by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US First Lady Jill Biden with “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts and actor Ken Jeong honored also praise. Martha Stewart, a frequent guest on King interviews, paid homage to the talk show host and Kathie Lee Gifford, Philbin’s longtime partner on the morning show, spoke of their friendship. All honors were recorded in remote locations.
The Emmy wins added additional emotional resonance to the ceremony as both Trebeks and King’s children accepted the awards on their fathers’ behalf in recorded acceptance speeches
Emily Trebek, who accepted with her brother Matt, said her father loved hosting “Jeopardy!” even when he was fighting cancer.
“For the past 37 years, the show has become his second family. He was always excited about going to work, even while battling cancer,” she said. “He was so lucky to be able to do what he loved, and we know he didn’t even take it for granted. Thank you so much on behalf of our family. “
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Chance King, who received Larry King’s statuette with his brother Cannon, said, “I can tell you all that my father looks down on us with a very big smile. Last season was a testament to his love for broadcasting. As much as he’s gone, in our hearts he’s with us forever. We love you so much, papa. “
Gifford, who hosted “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” with Philbin for 15 years, introduced herself to her friend in heaven.
“He was one of a kind. He was an original. He was the most fun one can have with a person and I got to sit next to him and play verbal ping-pong with him,” she said. “I know we all miss him. I do. I will never be the same again. I know he’s killing her in heaven right now. He’s up there with all the greats, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope Henny Youngman is just – I’d say he’s dying, but he’s already there anyway. Anyway, Regis is there and I couldn’t be happier for him and I couldn’t miss him anymore. ”
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Stewart, in a speech recorded in a beautifully decorated kitchen, recalled meeting King while he was making radio in Washington, DC in the years before he became a major CNN talk host. She always enjoyed being interviewed by him when she was on tour in the capital and later on TV too.
“He was always fair, always interesting. The questions were always invigorating for the interviewee,” she said. “Larry was always there for me. I think he was there for pretty much everyone he interviewed. But thank you Larry for a life full of interest, depth, personality and genuine care. “
Trebek received international honors. Initially, Trudeau, speaking of a government office adorned with four Canadian flags, praised the host for “his quick wit and bright sense of humor. He never missed an opportunity to baffle candidates with questions about Canada.” He also praised his commitment to nature conservation.
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“We will all miss gathering in front of the television to see Alex, but his legacy of giving and caring will certainly live on,” said the Prime Minister. “I spoke to him a few years ago and he told me how proud he was to be Canadian. I had to tell him that all Canadians are incredibly proud that he is one of us too.”
Biden, a teacher, said it was the first time she saw Trebek at a special “Jeopardy!” Episode in honor of educators.
“He was warm and funny and so nice. But what stood out most was that even though he never worked in a classroom, he was also an educator. Alex made us feel that learning is for everyone. He did it fun, exciting and competitive, “she said, appearing to be speaking from a White House hall. “It inspired us to be more curious about the world around us. And every night he brought families together, laughed and guessed, and racked our brains to keep up with the brightest participants. Thank you for teaching, inspiring, and bringing us together. Alex. We miss you.”