ST. LOUIS — Fans of the famed quiz show "Jeopardy!" will be able to see the final episodes hosted by Alex Trebek starting Monday on 5 On Your Side. The beloved host died on Nov. 8 after battling pancreatic cancer. Trebek hosted the show for 37 seasons.
Earlier, the show announced an update to the schedule. While 10 of his best of episodes aired between Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, the last week of episodes that Trebek taped were pushed to January so they could avoid anticipated preemptions around Christmas and New Year's, "Jeopardy!" said in a statement.
Trebek's last five episodes will now air the week of Jan. 4, 2021, "to give his millions of fans a chance to see his final appearances," the show said.
The episodes will air Monday through Friday from 4:30-5 p.m. CST on 5 On Your Side.
Then, the first week of guest-hosted shows will air the week of Jan. 11, 2021.
Trebek began hosting "Jeopardy!" in 1984, and it's hard to imagine the show without him. He reminded others that he didn't feel he was the star of the show, but rather the contestants were.
As Variety reported, Trebek's last episodes were taped on Oct. 29, just 10 days before his death. The show planned to continue airing those new episodes that Trebek taped until Christmas Day.
Earlier this year, Trebek opened up about how he wanted to end his final episode. At the time, he said he'd only need 30 seconds at the end of his final show to give a speech.
"I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people: 'Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever.' But I'm sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect you have shown me...then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success," he explained for the ABC special "What is Jeopardy? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show.".
Trebek said his final words on the show would be, "And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye."
"We all had tears in our eyes," Mike Richards, "Jeopardy!" Executive Producer recounted to KTLA. "He really did care for his family. He cared for everyone in that way that he wanted everyone to have love and compassion for each other and I think that's what makes him great."
Trebek took over as host of the show in 1984 when a revived version premiered. Trebek held the Guinness World Record for the most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter, for the same program, since June 2014.