Greater than two months after Alex Trebek’s demise, followers of “Jeopardy!” lastly acquired the prospect 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 most cancers claimed his life on Nov. 8.
The 90-second montage, set to Hugh Jackman singing the Peter Allen track “As soon as Earlier than I Go,” is a lighthearted 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 often strait-laced Trebek, exhibiting him verbally sparring with contestants and arm-wrestling with one.
“You actually make me really feel insufficient,” he tells a toddler 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 sporting the costume of a Trojan solider in one other.
A clip of the host declaring “I do not dance” is proven amid scenes of him dancing by way of the years.
The tribute continues to be a lot unhappy and nostalgic, although, as Jackman sings “it’s so laborious to say good-byes, when there’s a lot that’s left unstated in your eyes,” and “as soon as earlier than I am going, I wish to let you understand, that I’d do all of it once more.”
And in its last moments it reveals Trebek by way of signing off by way of the a long time, repeatedly saying, “So lengthy, everyone.”
Trebek died Nov. Eight at age 80 however had pre-taped a number of weeks of reveals which have continued to air. He saved working for almost two years after his analysis with pancreatic most cancers, remaining in place on the podium the place he had develop into 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.
The week’s last Trebek episodes started Monday with the host urging viewers to offer to others who have been struggling throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re attempting to construct a gentler, kinder society, and if all of us pitch in just a bit bit, we’re going to get there,” Trebek mentioned.
His last reveals have been initially scheduled to air Christmas week, however they have been delay till this week to offer the send-off extra publicity.
The episode contains vacation parts, just like the class, “Christmas Motion pictures.”
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:
“Mainly, this heartwarming Frank Capra basic is a few disgraced financier having an extremely tough Christmas Eve.”
The proper response: “What’s ‘It’s a Fantastic Life’ ?”
Trebek apparently wasn’t sure that Friday’s episode can be his final when it was recorded.
The present’s govt producer, Mike Richards, instructed NBC’s “Right this moment” present on Monday that Trebek was “an absolute warrior” in his final taping classes, regardless of being in “monumental ache.”
On the finish of the episode, earlier than the video tribute, Trebek says, “see you once more subsequent week.”
This story has been corrected to say that the video tribute to Trebek performed at he finish, not the start of the episode.
——— Related Press Writers David Bauder and Lynn Elber contributed.
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