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Alex Trebek's final 'Jeopardy!' episodes to air this week with tribute

Alex Trebek, 'Jeopardy!' host, dead at 80
Posted at 6:45 PM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-03 21:45:03-05

The final five episodes that Alex Trebek taped as the beloved longtime host of “Jeopardy!” will air starting Monday.

Trebek’s final episodes were originally slated to air during the week of Christmas, but producers pushed the showtimes back because they said the holidays might be too chaotic for viewers to tune in.

Trebek will be honored during the showing of his final episode Friday with “a special tribute to the life and work of the man who captained America’s Favorite Quiz Show with skill, style, and sophistication for 36+ years,” according to a statement from “Jeopardy!” producer Sony Pictures Television.

The executive producer says Trebek taped his final episodes less than two weeks before his death. Trebek passed away in early November, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

In March 2019, he announced he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He immediately started treatment but made no plans to retire.

When the show resumes the following week, it will be guest-hosted by its legendary champion, Ken Jennings.