As we've known for some time, the final episode of Jeopardy! featuring long time host Alex Trebek aired tonight on television. The episode was shot on Thursday, October 29th, ten days before Trebek's passing from pancreatic cancer on Sunday, November 8th. Fans of the game show have been bracing for this day since its premiere date was confirmed by the executive producers of the series, and now that it's here it seems almost everyone wasn't ready to say goodbye. Reactions ranged from finding meaning in some of the last clues that were read by Trebek to a lot of people admitting to crying while they watched it.
During one of his final episodes, Trebek delivered a message to the viewers of the show, saying: “I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones. But, today I’d like you to go one step further. I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your heart to those who are still suffering from COVID-19. People who are suffering through no fault of their own. We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society. And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re gonna get there.”
Producers for the series have already confirmed that while a search is ongoing for a new permanent host for the series, they won't be naming one until the spring. In the interim there will be a series of guest hosts for the series including Jeopardy! "GOAT" Ken Jennings and journalist/presenter Katie Couric. Not everyone that will serve as an interim host is being considered for the part though.
"You will also see big-name people who are not going to be considered for the role but they just love the show, love Alex and wanted to pay tribute,” series executive producer Mike Richards told Deadline. “So not everyone who comes on is auditioning. We are going to go in a lot of different directions, I don’t think we want to be in a hurry to name a new person. We all are still mourning the loss — certainly I am — of Alex, and I think just turning around and naming someone would be irresponsible and not thoughtful, which is antithesis of Jeopardy!“
Jeopardy! will return on Monday, January 11 with the first episode hosted by Jennings.
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Truly one of a kind
Welp, just got done watching Alex Trebek's last Jeopardy episode. Was not prepared for the montage tribute at the end. Once in a lifetime type of person he was. Truly one of a kind.— Matt Lear (@MattLear) January 9, 2021
best tv competition ever
Jeopardy with alex trebek was the best tv competition ever. Never had to explain the rules— daniel waldman (@the_waldman) January 9, 2021
may have just cried a little
I know there's a lot bigger things going on right now, but I also may have just cried a little at Alex Trebek's final episode of Jeopardy.— Celeste Labedz (@celestelabedz) January 9, 2021
Confusing me since 1984
Watching Alex Trebek’s last @Jeopardy episode.... I honestly can’t imagine anyone else speaking words I don’t understand. Confusing me since 1984 (ok I was only born in ‘88)#Legend #AlexTrebek pic.twitter.com/CzPHWYyFHQ— Laura-Ann Chong (@LAchong88) January 9, 2021
Alec final show. The last Jeopardy question. The final of the final. Hugs yall pic.twitter.com/lJr69V9Xfb— Arlene Miller (@arlenemiller53) January 9, 2021
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Trebek will forever live in our hearts
it is so sad to think that tonight's episode of @Jeopardy is the final one with Alex Trebek as the host. I grew up watching it with my dad and tonight, we both shed a tear watching the tribute to him at the end.
Mr. Trebek will forever live in our hearts (and our TV!) pic.twitter.com/0ddCV2tPbX— Sam K ! (@shootsbysamk) January 9, 2021