Alex Trebek urged Jeopardy! viewers to help COVID-19 victims
Daily Mail 2hrs ago
a man wearing a suit and tie: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Alex Trebek urged Jeopardy! viewers to help COVID-19 victims in a taping that aired Monday and was filmed days before his November 8 death.

'You’ll recall that about a month ago, I asked all of you to take a moment to give thanks for all of the blessings that you enjoy in your lives,' said the veteran TV personality, who was 80 when he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Monday marked the beginning of the last week of episodes the beloved Canadian host had pre-taped in late October.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Parting message: The late Alex Trebek urged Jeopardy! viewers to help COVID-19 victims in a taping which aired Monday that he filmed days before his November 8 death © Provided by Daily Mail Parting message: The late Alex Trebek urged Jeopardy! viewers to help COVID-19 victims in a taping which aired Monday that he filmed days before his November 8 death

'Now, today, a different kind of message. This is the season of giving - I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones.'

He continued, 'But today, I’d like you to go one step further: I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19.'

Trebek said that there are 'people who are suffering through no fault of their own' and solidarity would help society move forward past the pandemic.

'We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society and if we all pitch in - just a little bit - we’re gonna get there,' he said. 

a man in a suit standing in front of a curtain: Fondly remembered: The Jeopardy! host died November 8 after battle with pancreatic cancer © Provided by Daily Mail Fondly remembered: The Jeopardy! host died November 8 after battle with pancreatic cancer a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a curtain: Request: Trebek told viewers, 'I¿d like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19' © Provided by Daily Mail Request: Trebek told viewers, 'I¿d like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19'

The episodes were initially set to air the week of Christmas but producers held them back until this week for a broader audience to watch the legendary host ply his craft one more time.

Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards, speaking with the Today show on Monday, said that Trebek 'was in enormous pain' amid the tapings, but the consummate professional - 'an absolute warrior' - soldiered on.

'He was, you know, 10 days away from passing away,' Richards said. 'And you will not sense that in any of these episodes.'

Guests hosts will be at the Jeopardy! helm beginning next week, beginning with the show's breakout contestant Ken Jennings.

On the NBC morning show, Richards said Trebek - who began hosting the show in 1984 - 'mentioned a couple of names but he wanted to stay out of that' on the whole, as 'No one is going to replace him, and he knew that.'

Trebek was at his Los Angeles home when he died November 8, Jeopardy! studio Sony said. 

The quiz show host had informed fans about his diagnosis in a March 6, 2019 clip that aired on the show. He later acknowledged and showed his gratitude for 'hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well,' adding that he was 'a lucky guy.'

Following his passing, Jennings hailed Trebek for his personal and professional excellence in his life and career.

'Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him,' Jennings said on Twitter. 'Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family - which, in a way, included millions of us.'

Show alum James Holzhauer said, 'It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life. You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex.'

Trebek's plea comes at a critical time: As of Monday, on a global level, 1,853,133 people have died amid more than 85,653,549 positive diagnoses worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death total for COVID-19 in the U.S. was at 353,483 people, with 20,815,571 total positive diagnoses.

Read more
Show More
Latest News
20 must-read health books
The Health section of your local bookstore or online book retailer looks different than it did a couple of decades ago, when titles like Food-Free at Last: How I Learned to Eat Air or The South Beach Diet Supercharged were popular picks. Still today, authors—including would-be physicians, B-list celebs and underqualified fitness experts—dole out “health advice,” trying to convince readers that running themselves ragged with dieting and strenuous exercise will make them thinner, prettier, and happier. In fact, it has had an adverse effect, especially on women. The cruel dieting culture, incessant calorie counting, and little to no representation of health experts from diverse communities, along with the unrealistic standards set by the beauty and fashion industries, have led to eating disorders and severe mental health issues. Today, coupled with wellness, the topics covered in health and well-being books focus more on making healthy choices daily, keeping active, practising self-care, and being mindful of our mental health. Thanks to the body positivity movement, and some notable influencers in this space, we know that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. This is also a time when we are hearing from more underrepresented voices in this space, making health advice and wellness tips more inclusive and relevant for all. Start the new year off with motivation, stories, and advice on how to live a healthier, happier life that works for you. Get moving by adding these 20 must-read health books to your cart.
5 Minutes| Espresso