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Alex Trebek’s final ‘Jeopardy!’ episode contestant on host’s tenacity


What is “perseverance”? A word that can describe beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and James Gilligan, a contestant on Trebek’s final episode. 

Gilligan is an assistant professor of English language and literature at San Francisco State University who has tried for 30 years to become a contestant on the iconic show. 

“I’ve been trying since I was a sophomore in college,” Gilligan said during a Friday evening interview on “The News with Shepard Smith.” 

Trebek’s final episode airs Friday night. He hosted the show for 37 seasons starting in 1984. He was near the end of his nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer when Gilligan taped the episode. Gilligan praised Trebek’s…


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