The most poignant moments from Alex Trebek's final year on 'Jeopardy!'

George Back
·Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
·2 min read

2020 was Alex Trebek’s final year on Jeopardy!, as the beloved host died from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8. Trebek occasionally used the show to educate viewers about pancreatic cancer, as well as provide updates on his own battle. While the moments were bittersweet, they reaffirmed what a caring and compassionate man he was.

Trebek’s words seemed to carry extra reverence in the shadow of a terminal disease. Prior to his death he pretaped a Thanksgiving message which left viewers filled with emotions.

“In spite of what America and the rest of the world are experiencing right now there are many reasons to be thankful,” said Trebek. “There are more and more people extending helping hands to do a kindness to their neighbors, and that’s a good thing. Keep the faith. We’re going to get through all of this and we’re going to be a better society because of it.”

There were also touching moments with contestants, like when Burt Thakur revealed that he learned how to speak English by watching Jeopardy! with his grandfather. Thakur shed tears while thanking Trebek for being his teacher.

It was a tough year for fans of the show and Trebek. But it only helped cement the beloved game show host into the hearts of fans worldwide. His final week will begin airing Monday, Jan. 4.

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