Gene Simmons recalled the time the late Jeopardy! Alex Trebek agreed to dress in a Kiss outfit and wear makeup in the style made famous by the rock band.
The Canadian-born game show host who became a popular and well-loved figure in the US while hosting Jeopardy! From 1984 to 2020, he passed away in November after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Speaking of the Consequence of Sound in a new interview, Simmons recalled meeting Trebek backstage in October 2018 during a recording of Jeopardy!
The couple then filmed an online clip together with Trebek in all of Kiss’s makeup and costume – you can see his transformation below.
« People only knew Trebek from television, but when the cameras weren’t rolling, the guy had a potty mouth, » Simmons recalled. « We exchanged a lot of, as they used to say in the 19th century, full-color jokes. He was a funny guy, and very kind and brave. I said, ‘You’re going to wear KISS makeup.’ He said, ‘Okay, let’s go.’ .
The bassist added, « And we are both immigrants. He was from Canada, I am from Israel. And it was this kind of [sentimiento conjunto de]: ‘What an amazing country, where there are no limits to the heights you can reach in America.’ And you can’t do that in Canada or Israel, no matter how ambitious and hard-working you are, there is a limit. You can only go so far.
« Who else has a story like Trebek? I haven’t heard anyone say anything bad about him, » Simmons added in tribute to the late host. « A lovely guy. »
Earlier this month, Ryan Reynolds detailed his « heartbreaking » experience of filming a segment for the posthumous final episode of Jeopardy! by Alex Trebek.