“So lengthy,” Alex Trebek.
“Jeopardy!” followers mentioned goodbye to the late, beloved host Friday after his last episode aired, utilizing his longtime sign-off line — and a flurry of crying emojis. The episode, the final one he filmed earlier than he misplaced his battle with pancreatic most cancers on Nov. 8 at age 80, was recorded on Oct. 29, 2020 — simply 10 days earlier than he handed — and went off with out a hitch.
On the finish of the episode, Trebek mentioned, “See you once more subsequent week,” which introduced tears to followers’ eyes.
“Listening to Alex Trebeck [sic] say, ‘We’ll see you subsequent week’ for the final time actually hits totally different,” said one.
“OMG I’M SOBBING,” wrote another.
“In moments of darkness, Alex Trebek has all the time been a supply of sunshine. Even after he tragically dies, he manages to nonetheless present that mild two months later,” a viewer wrote.
“All of us advised ourselves we’d be prepared, that the previous few weeks have ready us for tonight,” wrote one fan. “I believe it’s protected to say we’ve been mendacity to ourselves, that the tears are going to move. However that’s finally a testomony to the sheer goodness of Alex Trebek.”
“Each week evening since I can bear in mind he’s been on my television proper at 7 PM,” added another. “Can’t consider it’ll be the final new episode I’ll watch with him because the host.”
This system ended with a tribute video for the person who has been its host since 1984, set to Peter Allen’s “As soon as Earlier than I Go,” however “Jeopardy!” launched it early on Twitter and YouTube for followers to savor the second.
Well-known contestants additionally paid their respects to Trebek forward of his last episode.
“I’m nonetheless not able to say goodbye to Alex Trebek, however I’ll attempt,” James Holzhauer, the third-highest-earning contestant, wrote on Twitter. “So lengthy, outdated pal. The ‘Jeopardy!’ music will all the time carry a tear to my eye.”
“Alex was all the time a well-known TV face, but it surely was so gratifying over the past years of his life to see him universally acknowledged because the nationwide treasure,” added champ Ken Jennings.
Trebek by no means filmed a goodbye message to followers as he promised, according to The Wrap, since his “passing was so sudden that he by no means had an opportunity to say what he had ready.”
He as soon as mentioned he would wish simply 30 seconds.
“I’ll say my goodbyes and I’ll inform folks, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to switch me as a result of I’ve no say in any way. However I’m certain that for those who give them the identical love and a focus and respect that you’ve got proven me … then they are going to be successful and the present will proceed being successful,’ ” he mentioned in January 2020. “And till we meet once more, God bless you and goodbye.”
As a substitute, Monday evening’s opening message served as his last goodbye.
“You’ll recall that a few month in the past, I requested all of you to take a second to provide thanks for all the blessings that you simply take pleasure in in your lives,” the host — who’s survived by his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, and two kids — mentioned. “Now, in the present day, a distinct sort of message. That is the season of giving. I do know you wish to be beneficiant with your loved ones, your folks, your family members.”
He continued: “However in the present day, I’d such as you to go one step additional. I’d such as you to open up your fingers and open up your hearts to those that are nonetheless struggling due to COVID-19. People who find themselves struggling by means of no fault of their very own. We’re attempting to construct a gentler, kinder society, and if all of us pitch in — just a bit bit — we’re gonna get there.”
Mike Richards, the sport present’s government producer, told NBC’s “Today” present the crew erupted in applause.
Distributor CBS Tv and producer Sony Tv haven’t introduced a everlasting substitute — though there have been rumors. Nonetheless, there will likely be interim hosts on a rotating foundation, together with the likes of Jennings and even Katie Couric.
Jennings will host Monday evening’s episode — the primary with out Trebek.