Watch Alex Trebek’s final posthumous episode of ‘Jeopardy’

Late 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek offers powerful words about building 'a gentler, kinder society' as nation deals with COVID-19 during kickoff of his final shows

Trebek died at age 80 on November 8, after revealing in early 2019 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The former "Today" co-anchor will join the revolving door of guest "Jeopardy" hosts set to start next week, manning the lectern until the game show finds a permanent replacement, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

"When he finished taping this last week of shows, no one knew they would be his last", said the website for the game show.

Purdue alumnus Jim Gilligan is set to compete on Alex Trebek's final episode of 'Jeopardy!'

Mike Richards, the game show's executive producer, told NBC's "Today Show" that the beloved host's message gave him "chills".

"You really make me feel inadequate", he tells a child contestant.

In Portland, "Jeopardy!" airs weeknights, following the "KATU News at 6" broadcast, and beginning a few minutes before 7 p.m. "We're trying to build a gentler, kinder society and if we all pitch in - just a little bit - we're gonna get there".

In one of the last of the more than 500,000 clues Trebek delivered to contestants in his more than 8,200 episodes, he said: "Basically, this heartwarming Frank Capra classic is about a disgraced financier having an incredibly rough Christmas Eve".

The correct response: 'What is 'It's a Wonderful Life´?'

The episode will feature a tribute package celebrating Trebek's legacy.

"He comes out and gives this absolutely wonderful speech about the tough times that we are in and the importance of us as a country, as a community. coming together and being there for each other", Richards said.

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