On Monday, Jeopardy! re-aired the very first Celebrity Jeopardy! in dedication to Regis Philbin, who died last Friday of natural causes at age 88. Philbin helped elevate the 1992 debut episode with his high energy and hilarious responses.
Regis struggled initially, blaming his buzzer. In fact, production took a quick break to test his buzzer, which was indeed working fine. Host Alex Trebek teased him saying, “It works, you don't.”
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Regis Philbin. We present Monday’s Celebrity Jeopardy! episode in memoriam, and with love and gratitude for his friendship to the show for so many years. https://t.co/mgvRwz06ZK pic.twitter.com/TCpESFxSa8
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) July 26, 2020
The episode was very reminiscent of Saturday Night Live’s “Celebrity Jeopardy!” sketch, as Philbin traded barbs with Trebek. And viewers loved every moment of it.
Thank you @Jeopardy for opening the vault! What fun & so good to see Regis!! I'm both laughing and tearing up! Thank you
— Jen Wagner (@jenwagner) July 28, 2020
Watching jeopardy and I miss Regis 😭
— 🏈 Kelly (@football_Kelly) July 27, 2020
Jeopardy is rerunning a celebrity Jeopardy that has Regis Philbin and he was hilarious. RIP
— Kristin (@legaleagle88) July 28, 2020
Carol Burnett ended up edging out Philbin for the win, while Donna Mills finished third. But all of the celebrities’ charities received the same $10,000 donation. Philbin was playing for Cardinal Hayes High School, which was just one of the many institutions which he contributed to throughout his legendary career.
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