“Jeopardy!” is paying proper respects to late host Alex Trebek.
The show’s executive producer, Mike Richards, paid tribute to Trebek before Monday’s episode of “Jeopardy!”. Richards thanked Trebek for all his contributions during his long tenure as the host of the show, TMZ reports.
“Over the weekend, we lost our beloved host Alex Trebek,” Richards said. “This is an enormous loss for our staff and crew, for his family and for his millions of fans. He loved this show and everything it stood for. He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family.”
Trebek passed away on Sunday surrounded by family and friends. He was 80 years old.
The “Jeopardy!” host had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. After his death, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nonprofit dedicated to pancreatic cancer research, said it had notched a 450% increase in traffic to its website and more than $55,000 in donations, ABC News reported.
“Alex Trebek, through his bravery and willingness to share his journey about his pancreatic cancer, has been a true ambassador and hero, fighting the disease and blazing a better path for many as a result,” the nonprofit said in a statement on Monday.
Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is rarely found in its early stages when it’s at its most curable, according to the Mayo Clinic. It typically does not cause any symptoms until it has spread to other organs.
Trebek soldiered on through cancer treatments cheerfully. But the show’s crew remains deeply saddened by their loss.
“We will air his final 35 episodes as they were shot,” Richards added. “That’s what he wanted. On behalf of everyone here at ‘Jeopardy!,’ thank you for everything, Alex.”
The show has not yet revealed its plans for Trebek’s successor, but rumors are already swirling.