Jeopardy! host Alex Trek gave a heartwarming and passionate speech in the first of his finals episodes airing this week.
In an episode that aired Monday night, Trebek urged people to be generous during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the emotional moment, the Jeopardy! host asked fans to “take a moment to give thanks” for their blessings on Thanksgiving.
“Now today, a different kind of message,” Trebek said. “This is the season of giving. 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 because of COVID-19,” he went on. “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.”
Before Trebek’s passing, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards revealed what it was like working with the host during his final days in the studio.
Trebek was still taping episodes of “Jeopardy!” several days before he passed away on November 8 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Richards described Trebek’s final performances as “herculean.”
“He was in enormous pain,” Richards shared with the Today show.
While Trebek seemed to struggle through his final tapings, Richards says the fans won’t be able to tell the difference between Trebek in his last days, and the Trebek fans loved throughout the years. The executive producers said Jeopardy! lovers will “not sense that in any of these episodes.”