Ryan Reynolds reflects on his last phone call with late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek


Ryan Reynolds opened up about his last encounter with late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek in a Wednesday interview. 

The 44-year-old actor sat down to chat about his new film Free Guy on an episode of E!’s Daily Pop, during which he spoke about a cameo Trebek has in the film and the last phone call the two shared before he passed away from pancreatic cancer in November 2020. 

‘This guy was really made of good stuff right until the end,’ Reynolds said of Trebek’s character. 

Gone too soon: Trebek tragically passed away in November 2020 following a battle with pancreatic cancer; pictured 2020

Final encounter: Ryan Reynolds, 44, opened up about his last encounter with the late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek in a Wednesday interview with E!’s Daily Pop; pictured August 3

Daily Pop co-host Victor Cruz inquired about Trebek’s cameo as he fondly recounted seeing the national treasure appear in the film. 

‘Everyone grew up on Alex Trebek. Did you guys get to work with him, was he dead, did you guys get to see him?’

‘We shot that separately after the film, actually after the film had been completely done and dusted and completed, Reynolds replied. 

‘Alex was kind enough to jump in and do this little cameo for us. I was just so blown away by how sweet he was to do that,’ he continued. 

Good guy: Reynolds recounted that the two had shared a phone call about a charitable initiative shortly before Trebek passed away following his battle with pancreatic cancer

Good guy: Reynolds recounted that the two had shared a phone call about a charitable initiative shortly before Trebek passed away following his battle with pancreatic cancer

Cameo: 'Alex was kind enough to jump in and do this little cameo for us. I was just so blown away by how sweet he was to do that'

Cameo: ‘Alex was kind enough to jump in and do this little cameo for us. I was just so blown away by how sweet he was to do that’

And Ryan also shared that after the film the two had become acquaintances so much so that they spoke on the phone. 

‘Even right up before shortly before he passed away, I talked to him on the phone about a charity initiative he was trying to launch. This guy was really made of good stuff right until the end.

‘Having him in the movie is certainly bittersweet, that’s for sure,’ he said of the host’s final acting role before he passed away. 

Trebek died on November 8, 2020 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. 

He first revealed his cancer diagnosis last March and said ‘I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,’ and that following August he said he was ‘on the mend.’  

Bittersweet: 'Having him in the movie is certainly bittersweet, that's for sure,' Reynolds said of his last film role

Bittersweet: ‘Having him in the movie is certainly bittersweet, that’s for sure,’ Reynolds said of his last film role

Last episode: Trebek shot his last episode of Jeopardy just 10 days before he passed and it aired on January 7, 2021

Last episode: Trebek shot his last episode of Jeopardy just 10 days before he passed and it aired on January 7, 2021

He hosted Jeopardy for a whopping 37 seasons from 1984 until he died. His last appearance as host came in the form of a January 7 appearance, which was filmed 10 days before he ultimately passed.

In an ABC special: ‘What is Jeopardy? Alex Trebek and America’s Most Popular Quiz Show,’ Trebek spoke about his cancer diagnosis and reflected on the prospect of death. 

‘I have learned something in the past year and it’s this: We don’t know when we’re going to die. Because of the cancer diagnosis, it’s no longer an open-ended life, it’s a closed-ended life because of the terrible … survival rates of pancreatic cancer,’ he tragically told host Michael Strahan. 

At the time of the interview though he had not announced any plans to part with the show, he had a clear vision of what the final day on set would look like.  

Final words: His final words were 'And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye'

Final words: His final words were ‘And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye’

‘I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people: “Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever.’ But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect you have shown me…then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success,” ‘ he said.

His final words on the show were  ‘And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye’

After he passed the show tapped a rotating cast of guest hosts including Aaron Rodgers, Katie Couric, and Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings. 

And on August 4, Variety reported that Jeopardy executive producer Mike Richards is in ‘advanced negotiations’ to become the show’s permanent host. 

‘A source close to the situation cautioned that there’s no certainty that the sides will close a deal and that other candidates remain in the mix, although Richards is clearly the front-runner,’ the outlet wrote. 

New host? Per Variety Jeopardy EP Richards is in 'advanced negotiations' to become the show's new permanent host; pictured June 25 accepting the award for Outstanding Game Show for Jeopardy! at the Daytime Emmys

New host? Per Variety Jeopardy EP Richards is in ‘advanced negotiations’ to become the show’s new permanent host; pictured June 25 accepting the award for Outstanding Game Show for Jeopardy! at the Daytime Emmys



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