Thakur reflected on his Jeopardy! experience after his episode aired. "To win something money can't buy was an indescribable experience," he wrote. "To be in such a diverse contest makes me proud to be an immigrant and an #American. If you watched me, will you take a bit of my smile and joy & share that with someone? We could all use a [smile emoji]."After news of his death broke, the clip of Thakur sparked a conversation among fans about what Trebek meant for them and their immigrant families.Twitter user Nora Ali said that it's "important to emphasize the impact that Alex Trebek had on immigrant families" and shared that the game show gave her and her grandparents "something to look forward to every day in an otherwise unfamiliar world."
Alex's impact is immeasurable. Thank you for sharing, Burt! pic.twitter.com/XgGGwJ8GlH— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 6, 2020
Love and Hip Hop: Miami star Jessie Woo said that Trebek is "a staple in West Indian immigrant households" because it's where many people's "grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins gained everyday knowledge."
I think it's important to emphasize the impact that Alex Trebek had on immigrant families. I, too, watched @Jeopardy with my grandparents, who didn't speak English. Alex gave them something to look forward to every day in an otherwise unfamiliar world. https://t.co/SrWFnMKoJE— Nora Ali (@NoraKAli) November 8, 2020
Another Twitter user named Jessy Han said that the game show helped many immigrants "on their journey to learn English," adding that Trebek can't be replaced.
Alex Trebek is a staple in West Indian immigrant households.Jeopardy is where many of our grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins gained everyday knowledge.This is a sad day. pic.twitter.com/3vHvPKetxQ— Jessica Fyre?✨ (@TheJessieWoo) November 8, 2020
Selema Masekela admitted that their grandma "had a definite crush" on Trebek and she used "the show to sharpen her English."
Jeopardy brought millions of families together and for many immigrants, it helped on their journey to learn English. Alex Trebek wasn’t just the face of the show but he was also what gave it life. I don’t think you can replace that.— Jessy Han (@hjessy_) November 8, 2020
Twitter user Yang-Yang Zhou said the only TV show she was allowed to watch was Jeopardy! and "it was how I earned my allowance ($200 question = 20 cents)."
Rest In Peace Alex Trebek. The Gold Standard of Television Hosts. My Grandma Helen and I used to enthusiastically watch Jeopardy together on the steady. She had a definite crush on him and as a Haitian immigrant, used the show to sharpen her English.— SELEMA MASEKELA (@selema) November 8, 2020
[video_embed id='2073072']RELATED: Celebrities and fans pay tribute to Alex Trebek[/video_embed]Many others joined the conversation on Twitter and shared what Jeopardy! meant to their families.
I grew up watching Jeopardy every night - it was the only tv show my parents allowed me to watch ? - and it was how I earned my allowance ($200 question = 20 cents). It was my gateway into pop culture, history, sports. From another immigrant kid, thank you Alex Trebek. https://t.co/egTn5R6NS6— Yang-Yang Zhou (@yangyang_zhou) November 8, 2020
what Alex Trebek meant to immigrant families seems to be a subgenre— anthony c. ocampo, ph.d. ???️? (@anthonyocampo) November 8, 2020
Jeopardy was a lifeline for this nerdy new immigrant, after I arrived in the U.S. at age 16. Thank you Alex Trebek. https://t.co/AI1D5bdazT— eileen chengyin chow (@chowleen) November 8, 2020
? THREAD:I am sad today. I am sad for Alex Trebek’s family, I am sad for the @Jeopardy family. I am sad for my family.My Nonna, an immigrant from Sicily, LOVED Jeopardy (+ @WheelofFortune). She watched both programs every night and would often tell me about @KenJennings. pic.twitter.com/Y0HSnSju6I— Stefanie Dazio (@steffdaz) November 8, 2020
I am another immigrant child who learned to speak English properly by watching #AlexTrebek (and Peter Jennings), two great Canadians.Everyday @FarshidSafi & I would watch @Jeopardy.It was a lesson in enunciation & culture for nerdy kids like us.Thank you Alex. #RIPAlexTrebek pic.twitter.com/WldjRHCqsg— omid safi (@ostadjaan) November 9, 2020
This made me cry. My Dad, who was an immigrant, loved Jeopardy and Alex Trebek so much. I lost my Dad last year; I knew we were in the final stretch of his life when he no longer was interested in Jeopardy, which we always watched together. RIP Alex you will be so sorely missed.— Denise Van Patten (@DeeVP) November 8, 2020
Every afternoon after I came back home from school, I watched one hour of tv religiously. 30 mins of nightly news and 30 mins of @Jeopardy.This show opened up a world of facts to me, helped me learn English as a recent immigrant. Alex Trebek was my daily hero for 12 years. RIP https://t.co/BOBUu6h63u— Aisha Iqbal (@AishaNIqbal) November 8, 2020
This one hurts! As an immigrant child I learned a lot about American pop culture from Trebek and how to properly speak English. I watched a lot of game shows with my family as they learned to speak English through them as well. RIP you beautiful human! https://t.co/ODTpZRwoNc— Legion2183 (@Legion2183) November 8, 2020
Trebek was born in 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario where his father immigrated from Ukraine and his mother was French Canadian. He later immigrated to the United States in 1973 and became a U.S. citizen years later.Trebek hosted Jeopardy! for 36 years and touched the lives of many families around the globe. He holds the Guinness World Record for most episodes of a game show hosted as of June 2014 with 6,829 episodes.Trebek had been very open about his battle with pancreatic cancer and revealed the news of his diagnosis to his fans in March 2019. After undergoing months of treatment, Trebek shared that he had finished treatment in August of the same year but only one month later he said he was undergoing chemotherapy once again.New episodes hosted by Trebek will air until his final episode on Dec. 25. His last day filming in the studio was Oct. 29, 10 days before his death.
Rest In Peace, Alex Trebek ?. Thank you for always being such an advocate for learning & teaching English to so many of us whose parents didn’t speak it at home ???. pic.twitter.com/Hdw9EndmYA— Frances Wang (#FrannyInMiami) (@FrancesWangTV) November 8, 2020
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