We’ve grown accustomed to seeing his familiar face on the popular game show for decades, and now the final episodes of Jeopardy featuring Alex Trebek will air this week. The legendary host wrapped up filming on October 29, just days before he passed away from pancreatic cancer on November 8 at the age of 80.
The last 5 episodes air this week, with the final episode on Friday, January 8. The special last episode will also include a tribute to the life and work of Trebek.
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Although no one knew that final week of taping in October would be Trebek’s last, the show host had been battling cancer for a while and the future was not certain and there are some emotional moments caught on camera during the last few episodes.
“That first show of that final week … he gives a speech talking about togetherness, how important family is, and it will resonate even more now,” executive producer Mike Richards told CNN. “It was so beautiful that we were all emotional, we were all in tears, and we all started clapping. It almost distracted him because he was going, ‘OK, now let’s play ‘Jeopardy!’”