Alex Trebek friend says late 'Jeopardy!' host could have 'easily' done this job instead


Longtime friend of Alex Trebek, actress Ruta Lee, is opening up about her fond memories of the late "Jeopardy!" host.

"We were very close," the actress explained to Fox News. "We were neighbors. We lived just within a mile of each other."

While she misses the friend she had in Trebek, she still remains close with his widow and ex-wife. "They are my dearest friends," she said. "They're both beautiful. One was a Playboy Bunny years ago. And the other might have been a beauty queen. She's just gorgeous."

It's not just their looks that drew Lee to their friendship. "But more importantly, they're both beautiful on the inside," she went on to say.

But it's her memories with Trebek that have her reminiscing about the hilarious moments he gave her. "He was one of the funniest human beings I've ever known," she said.

"You wouldn't know it just seeing him. But he easily could have been a standup comic. His delivery was remarkable," she continued.

"He didn't just tell jokes. He would throw in a punchline that somehow went into the middle of anything serious he was saying. You couldn't help but just roar into laughter. Everybody that knew him just adored him. And I did too," she said.

Trebek passed away in 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Lee recently wrote a memoir titled "Consider your A-- Kissed," featuring her personal memories from Hollywood and encounters with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Carson, and Fred Astaire among others.

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