Following his death last year, Alex Trebek's final Jeopardy! episode aired on Friday, and it left fans feeling more than a little emotional.
Keep scrolling to watch the heartwrenching tribute for yourself...
The world has lost a legend.
It was confirmed on November 8th last year that the Jeopardy! host had tragically died at the age of eighty.
The tributes were quick to flood in...
rip Alex Trebeck 🕊— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1604856522.0
Rest In Peace, Alex Trebeck. A brilliant educator and fixture of our lives for decades he made everyone who watched… https://t.co/vDQiT5EBVS— Tom Morello (@Tom Morello)1604858287.0
Look it sounds corny as hell and I'm sorry but Alex Trebeck meant so much to me and when I was alone and sad Jeopar… https://t.co/I0E2z9LOSr— Elle M. (they/them) (@Elle M. (they/them))1604857804.0
A great one is gone. RIP Alex Trebeck. https://t.co/v0gkiVm5oe— Marc Sessler (@Marc Sessler)1604856691.0
What a great host of Jeopardy Alex Trebek was. He will be remembered forever. RIP Alex. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/QdpYcuULny— Austin (@Austin12324) January 8, 2021
RIP Alex Trebeck. One of the last classy people on television 🙏🏼— Sheltered Corgi (@Sheltered Corgi)1604856235.0
These guys know nothing about sports. 😂 But Alex Trebeck had a knack for getting guests to show their human side. B… https://t.co/0QmRqXEwTR— Vic Vela (@Vic Vela)1604863698.0
This one hurts. He’s one of the reasons I became so interested in subjects like art, history & always wanting to co… https://t.co/300LnVrinD— Donna 🧚♀️ (@Donna 🧚♀️)1604858172.0
Now, for those of you that don't know, Trebek had hosted the popular quiz show for over thirty years.The beloved TV personality took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life.
But Trebek wasn't just a TV host - he was essentially America's dad.He knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice was a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
But, last year, Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
A Message from Alex Trebek: https://t.co/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1551909902.0
But this wasn't Trebek's first health scare.undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. But, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered.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.
However, the host was still battling the disease.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."
It's needless to say, fans were delighted to see his return.The new season of Jeopardy! premiered on September 9th, and Trebek put on one hell of a show.
But fans were then hit with even more heartbreaking news.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.
"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing.""Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.He explained how he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
"So we're back on the chemo.""We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."
"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer.""We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."
He remained dedicated to his job throughout his full ordeal.Trebek insisted on working "as long as my skills do not diminish."
"I’m not afraid of dying."
“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?"
But, on November 8th 2020, he finally lost his battle.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0
TMZ reported that Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.
The Jeoprady! Twitter account quickly confirmed the reports...
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by fa… https://t.co/I8GuVbsvPY— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1604856442.0
But, in the aftermath of his death, it has come to light that Trebek's final Jeoprady! episode was 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 showdown to leave me thirty 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.'"
And now, the final show aired on Friday...
After more than thirty-six years and 8,200+ shows, Alex Trebek's last game of Jeopardy! airs today. That's more Tonight Shows than Carson did, three times as many Daily Shows as Jon Stewart.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) January 8, 2021
With the special tribute to the host capturing everything fans loved about him.
In a video montage, Trebek can be seen joking and laughing...
Currently SOBBING at the final Jeopardy with Alex Trebek.... rip ❤️— l e x ☀️ (@LexiSilk) January 9, 2021
Delivering the same warm stage presence we saw for thirty-six years on the show.
According to show producers, the January 8th show was a normal taping...
I watched the final Alex Trebek hosted episode of #Jeopardy earlier. I thought they did well in how they presented it, considering he didn't know it would be his last episode. I also liked seeing the tribute at the end even tho I got a bit emotional from it.— Twister Omega (@TwistOmega) January 9, 2021
RIP Alex Trebek pic.twitter.com/v5irq4KRWI
With Trebek saying, "See you next time," although no one knew it would be his final episode.
It ends with the message: "Dedicated to Alex Trebek: Forever in our hearts/Always our inspiration."
Simply the best.— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 8, 2021
Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/GgXbV4AWMt
You can watch the tribute above.
The show is currently in the process of finding a suitable replacement, although no one could ever really replace Trebek.
Rest in peace.