For 36 years, Alex Trebek was the face and voice of one of the most iconic game shows of all time. Even through his battle with pancreatic cancer, Trebek continued recording episodes of Jeopardy – not because he had to, but because he truly loved what he did. The final episode of Jeopardy featuring the beloved host was originally going to air on Christmas of 2020, but instead, the episode was pushed back to last Friday.
The last episode of Jeopardy aired more than two months after Trebek’s death, allowing fans to bid a final farewell to the game show legend. In a touching tribute, the episode concluded with a 90-second video packed with heartwarming moments from throughout Trebek’s Jeopardy career.
While we typically see Trebek’s more serious side, the montage is filled with his more playful moments. Trebek dances, laughs, and even shows up on stage sans pants. Though it’s evident simply by watching the show itself, the montage really highlights just how deeply Trebek loved his job.
For those who didn’t see the episode (or for those of us who want to watch it on repeat), Jeopardy shared their moving tribute on Twitter with the caption, “Simply the best. Thank you, Alex.”
Simply the best.
Thank you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/GgXbV4AWMt
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 8, 2021
The video’s comments quickly filled with kind words about Trebek, from fans of the show to former contestants.
Getting to be on the show with Alex was a real dream-come-true and a day that I’ll never forget. 😢 pic.twitter.com/kSgf2zbNuP
— Francesco Caporusso • Wear A Mask! (@czesco) January 9, 2021
37 years of watching with my parents and Nana who loved Alex and now watching with my husband and boys. I thought I was ready for the final episode… I was not. I am completely heartbroken. So Long Alex. pic.twitter.com/TAhdGKFe8F
— Jennifer (Morris) Kerr (@Jmokerr) January 9, 2021
Name a more charming and sincere human than Alex Trebek.
I’ll be waiting… forever.
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 8, 2021
Like I said earlier; pic.twitter.com/7gKerx3GMl
— jack (@JackMyBeanstalk) January 9, 2021
The Jeopardy! host treated each contestant with kindness and respect, and even when battling cancer, he gave the show everything he had. Trebek’s legacy will live on, and even though Jeopardy will continue, it will never be the same without him.