Jeopardy host Alex Trebek passed away doing what he loved. Throughout his battle with cancer, Trebek remained on air and continued to do his job. Trebek passed away at the age of 80. There are, however, more Trebek-hosted Jeopardy episodes on the way.
Sony Pictures Television has enough new episodes hosted by Trebek to air until the end of the year. Trebek shot his final episode on October 29th, which was a week before he passed away. The legendary host’s final episode will air on Christmas Day. “Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family,” Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra said. “For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of ‘Jeopardy!’ and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives.”
Trebek had an ending in mind for the show before his passing. While filming his final episode, Trebek may have left a goodbye message for Jeopardy viewers. “I made this decision a long time ago,” Trebek said. “What I would do, it would be the same as when I shaved my mustache, I would do it on a whim. On that particular day, I will speak to Harry [Friedman, executive producer], and I will speak to Clay [Jacobsen], our director, and tell them, ‘Give me 30 seconds at the end of the program. That’s all I need to say goodbye, because it’s going to be the last show.’”
The first episode of Jeopardy following Trebek’s passing began with a tribute to the well-respected man. Collaborators spoke highly of him and his life. “This is an enormous loss, for our staff, crew, for his family, for his millions of fans,” executive producer Mike Richards said. “(Trebek) loved this show, and everything it stood for. In fact, he taped his final episodes less than two weeks ago. He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family.” Trebek has 35 episodes left to air. The host passed away from pancreatic cancer. Since Trbeek’s passing, The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network witnessed a 450% increase in web traffic and over $55,000 in donations.
Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. Many longtime fans of the show have stated they wouldn’t continue to watch the series without him hosting. Presumably out of respect for Trebek, there’s been no public discussion about Jeoprady’s next host. Trebek had no interest in helping to choose the next host. “It’s not a decision that would be up to me, and I would not make myself available to presenting an opinion,” Trebek told TVLine. “I would leave it up to the people in charge.”
Producers confirmed the Jeopardy host stayed out of those conversations about the next potential host. The only host Trebek suggested was Betty White. “He never mentioned names to us. He really wanted to be the host of the show, while he was the host of the show,” Mike Richards said. “So we didn’t say, ‘Hey, what about this person? What about that person?’ It was his show until he told us he was going to retire and, amazingly, he never did. I think that’s a blessing.” In the meantime, new episodes of Jeopardy will continue to air until Christmas. Old episodes of Jeopardy are available on Netflix at the moment.
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