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Prior to His Death, Alex Trebek Filmed an Inspiring Thanksgiving Message to 'Jeopardy!' Fans

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After hosting “Jeopardy!” for decades, Alex Trebek put a lot of thought into how he wanted to end his time on the show.

In January, he told ABC that he had it all planned out.

“It’ll be a significant moment for me,” Trebek said. “But I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and 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.'”

“And 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 that you have shown me … then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success.'”

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“‘And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.'”

Trebek died 10 days after his last day in the studio on Oct. 29, and the show recently announced that Ken Jennings would be taking the host reins for the immediate future.

After that, a rotating cast will take on the job, with “Jeopardy!” informing viewers that it will be employing “a series of interim guest hosts from the Jeopardy! family.”

Filming is set to resume on Nov. 30, but on Thanksgiving, “Jeopardy!” shared a special, encouraging message from the late host.

“Happy Thanksgiving, ladies and gentlemen,” Trebek started off in the video.

“You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful.”

“There are more and more people extending helpful hands to do a kindness to their neighbors, and that’s a good thing.”

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“Keep the faith. We’re gonna get through all of this, and we will be a better society because of it.”

“High on our list of things to be thankful for this year: Alex’s Thanksgiving message from today’s show,” Jeopardy! tweeted on Thursday. “We hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!”

Trebek may not be with us in person anymore, but his legacy will live on through the show and countless lives he’s touched.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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