WATCH: Alex Trebek Delivers Heartwrenching Message of Kindness in First of Last Jeopardy! Episodes

by Joe Rutland

Monday marked the start of the final week of “Jeopardy!” shows where Alex Trebek appears as the quiz show’s host. It does not disappoint.

Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020, at 80 years old after a courageous battle against Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. When introduced, Trebek, who taped his last episodes in October, opens the show with a message of kindness.

“You will recall about a month ago, I asked all of you to take a moment and give thanks for all of the blessings that you enjoy in your lives,” Trebek said.

“Now, today a different kind of message,” he said. “This is the season of giving.

“I know you want to be generous with your family, with your friends, your loved ones, but today I’d like you to go one step further,” he said. “I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19.

“People who are suffering through no fault of their own,” Trebek said. “We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society. If we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re going to get there.”

Here’s a clip from “Jeopardy!” with Trebek talking to the viewers.

Alex Trebek Speech Gets Context From Show’s Producer

According to “Jeopardy!” Executive Producer, Mike Richards, during his final days Trebek gracefully performed his moderating duties. Trebek also gave a sentimental speech as a way to say goodbye to his millions of fans.

“On that first episode, he walked out, and you’ll see it when it airs, he gives this amazing speech about the holidays and coming together and being strong and taking care of each other,” Richards said. “And we didn’t know he was gonna do that; he just walked out and did it.

“And you’ll see in the episode, we all started to clap, and there’s points in ‘Jeopardy!’ where you clap and there’s points in ‘Jeopardy!’ where you don’t; that’s not a normal spot,” Richards said. “You can see (Trebek) kind of look over at us as he was crossing to reveal the categories: ‘What are you guys clapping about?’”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Richards revealed that Trebek was ill during those episodes and tried his best to beat his cancer during the taping.

Before filming, only a handful of people knew that Trebek underwent intestinal surgery. Furthermore, as the pandemic loomed on (which had put a hiatus on taping in March), Trebek insisted that the show go on.

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