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Jeopardy! is paying tribute to Alex Trebek.
After the longtime game show host passed away Sunday morning at the age 80, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards took a moment during the beginning of Monday night’s episode to honor Trebek in a touching tribute.
“Over the weekend we lost our beloved host Alex Trebek. This is an enormous loss for our staff and crew, for his family and for his millions of fans,” Richards said. “He loved this show and everything it stood for. In fact, he taped his final episodes less than two weeks ago.”
He added, “He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family.”
Richards also told viewers that Jeopardy! will air Trebek’s final 35 episodes as they were shot because “that’s what he wanted.”
“On behalf of everyone, thank you for everything Alex,” Richards said before the camera spanned to an empty Jeopardy! stage and aired a brief moment of silence.
Trebek died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Trebek revealed on March 6, 2019, that though he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he vowed to beat it. Over a year later Trebek opened up about his cancer treatment and reflected on his life in his memoir The Answer Is …: Reflections on My Life, released in July.
He wrote that he was proud he lived a “good, full life” at 80 years old and has accomplished many things. “One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral as part of the eulogy is, ‘He was taken from us too soon,'” he wrote. “I’m about to turn 80. I’ve lived a good, full life, and I’m nearing the end of it. I know that.”
He also reflected on what he hoped his legacy would be: “I’d like to be remembered first of all as a good and loving husband and father, and also as a decent man who did his best to help people perform at their best. If that’s the way I’m remembered, I’m perfectly happy with that.”
Following the news of his passing, a myriad of Hollywood stars such as Steve Harvey, Bob Iger and more took to social media to remember Trebek.
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