'Jeopardy!' pays tribute to Alex Trebek in first episode since his death


With the news of Alex Trebek’s passing on November 8 comes memories of some of the “Jeopardy!” host’s special moments.

America knew him as the quintessential quizmaster, and on Monday’s night episode, everyone at “Jeopardy!” wanted to honor the 80-year-old host with heartwarming words.

At the beginning of the show, executive producer Mike Richards delivered an emotional message on behalf of everyone who worked on the set of “Jeopardy!” Richards thanked the host for all that he did and shared unforgettable memories of Trebek.

After announcing his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2019, Trebek continued to host the quiz show until last month. Richards shared that his last day in the studio was October 29, and episodes with Trebek will air until Christmas Day.

“Over the weekend, we lost our beloved host Alex Trebek. 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,” Richards said. “He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family. We will air his final 35 episodes as they were shot. That’s what he wanted. On behalf of everyone here at ‘Jeopardy!,’ thank you for everything Alex.”

Richards began the show the way Trebek always did: “This is ‘Jeopardy!’” he said.

Trebek passed away Sunday surrounded by friends and family in his home. He died at the age of 80 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since March 2019.

The star continued to host “Jeopardy!” throughout the past year despite his illness and ongoing chemo treatments.

Trebek’s death is a massive loss to the community; he has been the host of the syndicated game show since its revival in 1984.

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