Greater than two months after Alex Trebek’s demise, followers of Jeopardy! lastly bought the possibility to say goodbye. A video tribute to the host closed Friday’s episode of the quiz present, the ultimate one which Trebek taped earlier than pancreatic cancer claimed his life two months in the past.
The 90-second montage, set to Hugh Jackman singing the Peter Allen tune “As soon as Earlier than I Go”, is a light-hearted and laughter-filled remembrance exhibiting Trebek’s altering look by way of his 36 years as host, with moustache and with out, with black hair and with gray, with fits from a number of a long time.
It celebrated the wackier moments of the normally strait-laced Trebek, exhibiting him verbally sparring with contestants and arm-wrestling with one. “You actually make me really feel insufficient,” he tells a baby contestant. “Sorry about that,” she sassily solutions.
Trebek is proven strolling on the set pants-less in a single clip, dressed because the Statue of Liberty in one other, and carrying the costume of a Trojan solider in one other.
Merely one of the best.
Thanks, Alex. pic.twitter.com/GgXbV4AWMt
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 8, 2021
A clip of the host declaring “I don’t dance” is proven amid scenes of him dancing by way of the years. The tribute continues to be loads unhappy and nostalgic, although, as Jackman sings, “It’s so exhausting to say good-byes, when there’s a lot that’s left unstated in your eyes,” and “As soon as earlier than I’m going, I wish to let you realize, that I’d do all of it once more.”
And in its remaining moments it reveals Trebek signing off by way of the a long time, repeatedly saying, “So lengthy, everyone.”
Trebek died November 8 at age 80 however had pre-taped a number of weeks of reveals which have continued to air. He stored working for almost two years after his analysis with pancreatic most cancers, remaining in place on the podium the place he had grow to be an establishment since beginning in 1984.
The present will proceed subsequent week with a sequence of interim hosts, beginning with veteran Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.
“We’re making an attempt to construct a gentler, kinder society, and if all of us pitch in just a bit bit, we’re going to get there,” Trebek stated.
His remaining reveals have been initially scheduled to air Christmas week, however they have been delay till this week to provide the send-off extra publicity. The episode contains vacation components, just like the class, “Christmas Films.”
In one of many final of the greater than 500,000 clues Trebek delivered to contestants in his greater than 8,200 episodes, he says:
“Principally, this heartwarming Frank Capra basic is a few disgraced financier having an extremely tough Christmas Eve.” The right response: “What’s ‘It’s a Great Life’?”
Trebek apparently wasn’t sure that Friday’s episode could be his final when it was recorded.
The present’s government producer, Mike Richards, advised NBC’s Right now present on Monday that Trebek was “an absolute warrior” in his final taping classes, regardless of being in “huge ache.”
On the finish of the episode, earlier than the video tribute, Trebek says, “See you once more subsequent week.”