This week, “Jeopardy!” had fans feeling nostalgic when they shared a short clip of a heartfelt video message from the late host Alex Trebek who passed away in late 2020.
“Jeopardy!” started off the week of its final farewell to the late host Alex Trebek with a recording he made last year. On Monday, the game show launched the first episode of Trebek's last five shows for the series.
Trebek taped his last episodes in October 2020. The longtime series host sadly passed away on November 8, 2020, at age 80, after suffering for a few years from stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Alex Trebek at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 27, 2010, in Nevada | Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
During this week’s episode, the star shared a touching and powerful speech with his viewers. He started off his message by noting how a month ago he’d asked his fans to take a moment to appreciate their blessings.
Trebek explained at the time that his latest message was a bit different. Noting how we were now going towards the holiday and festive season, the star stated how this was a season for giving.
The late host acknowledged how people wanted to spend the season being generous to their friends, family, and loved ones, but he made a different request. He asked them to take things a step further.
The longtime host asked his fans to open their hands and hearts to those who were suffering because of the novel coronavirus disease. He noted how these people were struggling through no fault of their own.
Trebek shared how the nation was trying to build a society that was gentler and kinder. Sharing what his wish was for the country, the late game show host concluded his message by stating:
“If we all pitch in just a little bit, we're going to get there."
The star’s fans swarmed to the comments section of the post sharing how much they missed Trebek. One person revealed how her family had asked her to rush home so they could watch the episode together.
She confessed how they’d watched every “Jeopardy!” episode each night since she was born. The fan admitted how the late host had felt like a member of her family and how empty it felt now that he was gone.
Another fan confessed that she and her family missed and loved Trebek too. She shared how her family had dinner or dessert each night watching the late host while growing up.
The viewer revealed that the late star had made an impact on her love for learning. She concluded her post by thanking him for his kindness and the knowledge he’d imparted when he was alive.
A third fan noted how the late host had spoken about kindness and love until he passed away. The viewer thanked Trebek for all he’d done and the “Jeopardy!” team for honoring him in a great way, while some else said:
“Even while battling cancer he was still worried about the rest of us.”
The fan emotionally confessed that the week was going to be a tough one for those who loved him. Someone else also admitted that they were going to miss seeing Trebek on their screens.
One fan who got to tell Trebek exactly how he’d impacted his life was “Jeopardy!” contestant Albert Thakur.
They revealed how “Jeopardy!” had become a family time in their house and they'd stop everything to watch. The fan also noted how this usually happened while they were eating dinner and they were all the better for it.
One fan who got to tell Trebek exactly how he’d impacted his life was “Jeopardy!” contestant Albert Thakur. The contestant emotionally thanked the host for making an impact in his life and inspiring him.
Thakur made the confession when Trebek asked him if he had anyone special at home cheering him on. The contestant ended up winning the November 2020 episode and went home with a $20,400 cash prize.