Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Alex Trebek sadly passed away.
But now a heartwarming message from the star has been aired in celebration of Thanksgiving.
It was confirmed on November 8th that the Jeopardy! host had tragically died at the age of eighty.
From celebrities and fans of the show alike.
The beloved TV personality took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life.
He knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice was a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
In a video posted on the official Jeoprady! Twitter account, he explained:
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease.”
He went on hiatus in January of 2018 after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain.
But, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
Because it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!.
After the initial scare, we’d all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.
Even though he was not technically in remission, Trebek has vowed that he would keep working while he was “on the mend.” He said:
“I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease.”
The new season of Jeopardy! premiered on September 9th, and Trebek put on one hell of a show.
Following a loss of twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his “numbers go sky-high,” Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
“Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one.”
He explained how he was experiencing “excruciating pain” in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
“We’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do… they can’t keep doing it forever of course.”
“We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”
Trebek insisted on working “as long as my skills do not diminish.”
“But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’”
“I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid of that?”
And, just before his death, he revealed who he would like to step into his role on Jeopardy!
During an interview with Good Morning America earlier this year, the host revealed he would like his longtime friend Betty White to replace him on the show.
“I have no say whatsoever in who will replace me when my days as the host of Jeopardy! end. But I joked with the audience and said Betty White because they want somebody younger and somebody funnier.”
TMZ reported that Trebek has lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.
The Jeoprady! Twitter account quickly confirmed the reports…
While informing his fans that he had “passed away peacefully at home” surrounded by family and friends.
But, in the aftermath of his death, it has come to light that Trebek’s final Jeoprady! episode is yet to air…
His final day in the studio was on October 29th, just over a week before his death.
And it turns out he had already planned and rehearsed his final episode of Jeopardy! where he would give his fans a last goodbye…
In an interview in January, he said his farewell will take place in the last thirty seconds of the final half-hour. “What I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want,'” Trebek said.
“I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever,'” he continued. “‘But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me … then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.'”
“I know it’s what feeds him. He loves doing “Jeopardy!” He has his own family over there. They’re such a close-knit, beautiful group of people. So I think that gives him a lot of support, a sense of purpose, that he’s just not in bed and can be productive,” she said.
As per Variety, Sony has confirmed that the episode will air on December 25th, Christmas Day.
But before that, we’ve had another heartfelt message from Trebek …
“Keep the faith,” he said. “We’re gonna get through all of this and we will be a better society because of it.”