Alex Trebek’s final episode of “Jeopardy” was emotionally charged. While it was shot to be a regular episode, it was anything but.
Knowing that it was the last time Trebek would host the show weighed heavy on the hearts of many fans. The iconic host’s family probably felt that weight more acutely than anyone.
After the episode aired, Alex Trebek’s daughter Nicky took to Instagram to cheer on her late father. She shared the show’s touching tribute video in her story and added “we miss you dad.” She also shared a screenshot of her Facebook post that said, “Jeopardy! Forever!”
Seeing Alex Trebek’s daughter cheer on her late father and his legacy is nearly as touching as the video that accompanied his final episode. In just a few words she reminded the world of the other side of Trebek. He entertained and educated audiences around the world for decades. At the end of the day, however, he was a loving family man.
The tribute video showed a brief glimpse of Alex Trebek bringing two of his children onto the “Jeopardy!” set for family visiting day. However, seeing one of his children speak up and applaud him on social media makes it feel more real. Her posts serve as a bridge from the past to the future and allow us to see that his adult children still adore him.
How Alex Trebek Wanted to Be Remembered
Alex Trebek was many things to many people. Trebek did a short interview with Entertainment Tonight shortly after receiving his diagnosis. On this, he said, “Just as a good guy, [and] a nice man,”
Just months before, Trebek received his stage 4 cancer diagnosis. His announcement was met with an outpouring of support from fans, colleagues, and former contestants alike. About this, he said, “Most of us, in our lifetimes, never get to know the impact we’ve had on other people. You only get to hear about it when the other person passes away,”
Alex Trebek went on to say that even though it came from such a negative announcement, the support was eye-opening. It allowed him to see where he stood in the hearts and minds of people that he had never met. He may have never known just how deeply he touched the world without his tragic diagnosis.
I’ll take “Irreplaceable TV Icons and Genuinely Good Guys” for a thousand, Alex.