Alex Trebek continues to inspire “Jeopardy!” viewers, weeks after the show’s longtime host died following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Jeopardy!” posted a clip from Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day show on Twitter with an inspiring message from Trebek, which had been pre-recorded.
“You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful,” Trebek said, after wishing viewers a happy Thanksgiving. “There are more and more people extending helpful hands to do a kindness to their neighbors, and that’s a good thing. Keep the faith; we’re gonna get through all of this, and we will be a better society because of it. “
Trebek, who was 80 and battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, died Nov 8. He had hosted the brainy quiz show since its syndicated revival premiered in 1984 and was the winner of seven Emmys.
But, most of all, Trebek was beloved by viewers. Many social media users responded to the “Jeopardy!” clip with messages noting that they missed Trebek and appreciated the posthumous message during a trying year.
“Such hopeful, meaningful words. RIP, Alex,” Twitter user @HeatherOnAir wrote.
“Didn’t have crying on my list of things to do today and yet here we are,” wrote @RyderBarrett.
But the tears were bittersweet. “It made me cry but some of those tears were definitely happy ones to hear his voice again,” wrote @ThursdayNext121.
Ken Jennings, who holds the all-time records for most consecutive games won (74) and highest winnings in regular-season play ($2,520,700) on the show, will be the first interim “Jeopardy!” host when the TV game show resumes production Nov. 30. He’ll be just one of several interim hosts before the show decides on a permanent replacement, “Jeopardy!” announced in a statement.
Contributing: Bill Keveney, Bryan Alexander