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Prior to his passing, the late Alex Trebek pre-recorded a heartwarming Thanksgiving message while filming an episode of Jeopardy!.
The official Jeopardy! Twitter account shared the pre-recorded video Thursday in which they stated that his message was “high on our list of things to be thankful for.” In his message, the late game show host reminded everyone that there are “reasons to be thankful” despite having to celebrate amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful,” Trebek said. “There are more and more people extending helpful hands to do a kindness to their neighbors, and that’s a good thing.”
Trebek ended his message by encouraging everyone to “keep the faith.” “We’re going to get through all of this, and we will be a better society because of it,” he said.
Trebek passed away at the age of 80 on Nov. 8 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards took a moment during an episode broadcasted after Trebek’s death to honor the longtime host in a touching tribute.
“He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family,” Richards said.
Trebek taped his final episodes just two weeks before his death. Former Jeopardy! player Ken Jennings will serve as interim host of the syndicated series when it resumes production Nov. 30. Other guest hosts will be announced in the coming weeks.
High on our list of things to be thankful for this year: Alex’s Thanksgiving message from today’s show. We hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/8OlpkSGi9r
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 26, 2020
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