In very sad news, Alex Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer back in November.
Trebek was the longstanding host of “Jeopardy!” and his legacy will continue to live on through the show. In fact, fans can watch the last five episodes of Trebek hosting the show that were filmed prior to his death. Trebek filmed right up until his last moments, pushing producers and crew members to let him continue making the show for fans.
The episodes are going to start premiering on Monday. Then the fifth and final will be broadcast on Friday. The final episode will have “a special tribute to the life and work of the man who captained America’s Favorite Quiz Show with skill, style, and sophistication for 36+ years,” according to “Jeopardy!” producer Sony Pictures Television.
Alex Trebek made a moving speech in one of his final episodes, according to producers.
While the last episodes were originally going to be a Christmas gift for fans and air that week, producers changed their minds. According to the New York Post, producers pushed the air date because they feared the holidays would be chaotic and fewer people would tune in.
Trying to Replace Legendary Alex Trebek
The show will start airing all-new episodes with Ken Jennings as the guest host. He has won the most consecutive games ever in the show’s history. He had a 74-game streak back in 2004, according to the “Jeopardy!” official site.
While there is no for sure permanent replacement yet, speculations are surrounding either Jennings, George Stephanopoulos, LeVar Burton, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Pat Sajak taking over the coveted position.
“Alex believed in the importance of ‘Jeopardy!’ and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him. We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers,” Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer said.
The show airs on ABC and is usually on earlier in the afternoon.
According to an ABC 7 article, Trebek was in the studio until Oct. 29. He hosted the show since its creation in 1984. This means he was front and center for a total of 8,200 episodes over the course of 37 seasons. He holds the Guinness World Record for hosting the most episodes of a game show. He also racked up seven Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show Host.
This will be his fan’s final opportunity to see Alex Trebek hosting his beloved show.