The tribute started Friday’s episode of the quiz present, the ultimate one Trebek taped earlier than pancreatic most cancers claimed his life on Nov. 8.
Greater than two months after Alex Trebek’s demise, followers of “Jeopardy!” lastly obtained the possibility to say goodbye.
A video tribute to the host opened 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 music “As soon as Earlier than I Go,” is a lighthearted and laughter-filled remembrance exhibiting Trebek’s altering look via his 36 years as host, with moustache and with out, with black hair and with gray, with fits from a number of many years.
It celebrated the wackier moments of the normally strait-laced Trebek, exhibiting him verbally sparring with contestants and arm-wrestling with one.
“You actually make me really feel insufficient,” he tells a baby 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 carrying 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 via the years.
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The tribute continues to be loads unhappy and nostalgic, although, as Jackman sings “it’s so onerous 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 might do all of it once more.”
And in its ultimate moments it exhibits Trebek via the many years giving his ordinary sign-off, “So lengthy, everyone.”
Trebek died November Eight at age 80 however had pre-taped a number of weeks of exhibits which have continued to air. He stored working for almost two years after his analysis with pancreatic most cancers, remaining in place on the podium the place he had turn into an establishment since beginning in 1984.
The week’s ultimate Trebek episode started with the host urging viewers to provide to others who had been struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re making an attempt to construct a gentler, kinder society and if all of us pitch in just a bit bit, we’re going to get there,” Trebek stated.
His ultimate exhibits had been initially scheduled to air Christmas week, however had been delay till this week to provide the send-off extra publicity.
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 “At the moment” present on Monday that Trebek was “an absolute warrior” in his final taping classes.
“He was in monumental ache,” Richards stated. “He was, you understand, 10 days away from passing away. And you’ll not sense that.”
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