‘No One Was Better’: Pat Sajak Opens Up About His Friend Alex Trebek

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Pat Sajak opened up about his friend, the late Alex Trebek, and said “no one was better.”

“No one admires what he accomplished more than I do,” the legendary host of “Wheel of Fortune” shared with People magazine in a piece published Thursday.

“I know a bit about what it takes,” he added. “He was terrific. In terms of courage and grace under pressure, no one was better.” (RELATED: Alex Trebek Begins New Season Of ‘Jeopardy!’ After Completing Cancer Treatment)


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“Just on a professional level, I have been at this a long time and I really admire what he has done, and he had done so much,” Sajak continued.  “When I started [Wheel of Fortune]… Alex [Trebek] had already done a half a dozen, maybe more, game shows here and in Canada.” (RELATED: Alex Trebek Announces He Was Diagnosed With Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer)

The game show host said his late friend was “always highly professional” and called him the “perfect match for his show.”

“As a fellow professional, the admiration is off the charts,” he concluded. Sajak’s co-host Vanna White also opened up about the late host of “Jeopardy!” calling him a “good friend.”

“I knew Alex for almost 40 years, and he’s just been a good friend,” White explained. “Through the years, I have gotten to know his wife and his kids and he is just part of the family.”

As previously reported, Trebek lost his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in November. He was 80 years old.

The legendary game show host’s final episodes have been airing the first week of January with the last scheduled for Jan. 8, according to the “Today” show.