Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Alex Trebek sadly passed away.
But now a heartwarming message from the star has been aired in celebration of Thanksgiving.
The world has lost a legend.
via: Getty ImagesIt was confirmed on November 8th that the Jeopardy!?host had tragically died at the age of eighty.
The tributes were quick to flood in...
rip Alex Trebeck ??— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1604856522.0
Rest In Peace, Alex Trebeck. A brilliant educator and fixture of our lives for decades he made everyone who watched… https://t.co/vDQiT5EBVS— Tom Morello (@Tom Morello)1604858287.0
Look it sounds corny as hell and I'm sorry but Alex Trebeck meant so much to me and when I was alone and sad Jeopar… https://t.co/I0E2z9LOSr— Elle M. (they/them) (@Elle M. (they/them))1604857804.0
RIP Alex Trebeck. One of the last classy people on television ????— Sheltered Corgi (@Sheltered Corgi)1604856235.0
These guys know nothing about sports. ?? But Alex Trebeck had a knack for getting guests to show their human side. B… https://t.co/0QmRqXEwTR— Vic Vela (@Vic Vela)1604863698.0
This one hurts. He’s one of the reasons I became so interested in subjects like art, history & always wanting to co… https://t.co/300LnVrinD— Donna ???♀? (@Donna ???♀?)1604858172.0
Now, for those of you that don't know, Trebek had hosted the popular quiz show for over thirty years.
via: GettyThe beloved TV personality took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life.
But Trebek wasn't just a TV host - he was essentially America's dad.
via: Getty ImagesHe knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice was a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
But, last year, Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
A Message from Alex Trebek: https://t.co/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1551909902.0
But this wasn't Trebek's first health scare.undergoing?surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. But, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered.
via: Getty ImagesBecause it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we'd all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.
However, the host was still battling the disease.
via: Getty ImagesEven though he was not technically in remission, Trebek has vowed that he would keep working while he was "on the mend." He said: "I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease."
It's needless to say, fans were delighted to see his return.The new season of Jeopardy! premiered on September 9th, and Trebek put on one hell of a show.
But fans were then hit with even more heartbreaking news.
via: Getty ImagesFollowing a loss of twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his "numbers go sky-high," Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing."
via: Getty Images"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.
via: Getty ImagesHe explained how he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
"So we're back on the chemo."
via: Getty Images"We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."
"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer."
via: Getty Images"We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."
He remained dedicated to his job throughout his full ordeal.
via: Getty ImagesTrebek insisted on working "as long as my skills do not diminish."
"I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving."
via: Getty Images“But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’"
"I’m not afraid of dying."
via: Getty Images“I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid of that?"
And, just before his death, he revealed who he would like to step into his role on Jeopardy!
During an interview with Good Morning America earlier this year, the host revealed he would like his longtime friend Betty White to replace him on the show.?
He believed that she would be perfect for the job."I have no say whatsoever in who will replace me when my days as the host of?Jeopardy! end. But I joked with the audience and said Betty White because they want somebody younger and somebody funnier."
And yesterday, he finally lost his battle.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0
The Jeoprady! Twitter account quickly confirmed the reports...
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by fa… https://t.co/I8GuVbsvPY— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1604856442.0
But, in the aftermath of his death, it has come to light that Trebek's final Jeoprady! episode is yet to air...
via: IMDBHis final day in the studio was on October 29th, just over a week before his death.
And it turns out he had already planned and rehearsed his final episode of Jeopardy! where he would give his fans a last goodbye...
via: GettyIn an interview in January, he said his farewell will take place in the last thirty seconds of the final half-hour. “What I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want,'" Trebek said.
via: Getty“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,'" he continued. “‘But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me … then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.'"
Trebek’s wife, Jean, gave an insight into his life on the show before he passed...
via: Getty“I know it’s what feeds him. He loves doing “Jeopardy!" He has his own family over there. They’re such a close-knit, beautiful group of people. So I think that gives him a lot of support, a sense of purpose, that he’s just not in bed and can be productive," she said.
Sony Pictures Television revealed the date for his final episode where he will give his exit speech...
via: IMDBAs per Variety, Sony has confirmed that the episode will air on December 25th, Christmas Day. But before that, we've had another heartfelt message from Trebek ...
This heartwarming Thanksgiving speech from the man himself ...
High on our list of things to be thankful for this year: Alex's Thanksgiving message from today's show. We hope you… https://t.co/WuPgxh5Bg7— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1606404600.0