Greater than two months after Alex Trebek’s demise, followers of “Jeopardy!” lastly bought 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 cancerson November 8.
The 90-second montage, set to Hugh Jackman singing the Peter Allen tune “As soon as Earlier than I Go,” is a lighthearted and laughter-filled remembrance exhibiting Trebek’s altering look by means of 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 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 means of the years.
The tribute continues to be loads unhappy and nostalgic, although, as Jackman sings “it is so onerous to say good-byes, when there’s a lot that is left unstated in your eyes,” and “as soon as earlier than I am going, I wish to let you realize, that I’d do all of it once more.”
And in its last moments it reveals Trebek by means of signing off by means of the many years, repeatedly saying, “So lengthy, all people.”
Trebek died on November 8 at age 80, however had pre-taped a number of weeks of reveals which have continued to air. He saved working for practically two years after his prognosis 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, beginning with veteran “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings.
The week’s last Trebek episodes started Monday with the host urging viewers to present to others who have been struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re attempting to construct a gentler, kinder society, and if all of us pitch in just a bit bit, we will get there,” Trebek mentioned.
His last reveals have been initially scheduled to air Christmas week, however they have been postpone till this week to present the send-off extra publicity.
The episode contains vacation parts, just like the class, “Christmas Films.”
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 traditional is a couple of disgraced financier having an extremely tough Christmas Eve.”
The right response: “What’s ‘It is a Great Life’?”
Trebek apparently wasn’t sure that Friday’s episode can be his final when it was recorded.
The present’s government 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.”