Alex Trebek’s remaining week of Jeopardy! episodes started on Monday, and the primary present of the week was notably highly effective. The longtime host shared a particular message in regards to the significance of giving and selflessness.
Monday’s Jeopardy! — which was the primary of the final 5 recorded earlier than Trebek’s dying in November — was initially alleged to air through the Christmas vacation season. With this in thoughts, Trebek shared a message that he hoped would resonate with followers given the vacation — and which ended up resonating much more than he might have imagined.
“You’ll recall that about a month ago, I asked all of you to take a moment to give thanks for all of the blessings that you enjoy in your lives. Now, today, a different kind of message,” Trebek mentioned initially of Monday’s episode. “This is the season of giving. I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones. But today, I’d like you to go one step further.”
“I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19,” he continued. “People who are suffering through no fault of their own.”
Trebek concluded, “We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society and if we all pitch in — just a little bit — we’re gonna get there.”
“If we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re gonna get there.” pic.twitter.com/Ip6HZJi43Y
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 5, 2021
The episode additionally paid tribute to Trebek throughout its closing moments with a title card that learn, “Forever in our hearts, always our inspiration.”
Fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds additionally appeared throughout Monday’s episode — in a cross-promotion for his upcoming motion comedy Free Guy — studying one of many clues. Notably, Trebek additionally has a cameo in Reynolds’ video game-themed blockbuster.
Reynolds additionally took to Twitter on Monday to share a clip of the second, and wrote, “It’s an honour (and a little heartbreaking) to be with #AlexTrebek one last time on @Jeopardy.”
It’s an honour (and somewhat heartbreaking) to be with #AlexTrebek one final time on @Jeopardy 🇨🇦 https://t.co/YQ3FDo3n6m
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 5, 2021
On Monday’s episode of the Today present, Jeopardy! government producer Mike Richards opened up about some candy behind-the-scenes moments from the filming of the late host’s final episodes.
“What he did on tonight’s show is just a great testament to him,” Richards started. “… He usually said something about what was happening in the news or about what game play had been happening. In this very special, unbelievable, final week, he comes out and gives a talk about the importance of togetherness and sticking together and that the world is struggling, but we have to get through it together.”
Richards mentioned that the second left him and the remainder of the Jeopardy! crew with “chills.”
“There are specific moments in Jeopardy! when you clap and then there are moments when you’re quiet. Usually in his monologue, he would come out, give a statement and they would go to the categories,” Richards defined. “Well, there’s not many people in the studio because of COVID. And we all burst into applause.”
“You don’t see it on camera, but as he’s going to the categories, he sees us start to applaud and he kind of looks at us like, ‘What are you guys doing?'” he continued. “We were so moved that we had to applaud.”
The filming of the ultimate episodes occurred simply 10 days earlier than Trebek’s dying on Nov. 8, on the age of 80, following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic most cancers.
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