As we’ve known for some time, tonight’s episode was the final episode of Jeopardy! with longtime host Alex Trebek. The episode aired on Thursday the 29th. October, ten days before Trebek, Sunday 8. November, died of pancreatic cancer. Fans of the quiz show have been waiting for this day since the premiere date was confirmed by the show’s executive producers, and now that it’s here, it seems that almost everyone wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. Responses ranged from searching for meaning to some of the final clues Trebek read out to admitting that many people cried during the screening.

During one of his final episodes, Trebek addressed viewers of the series with a message: I know you want to be generous to your family, friends and loved ones. But today I want you to go one step further. I want to ask you to open your hands and hearts to those who are still suffering from COVID-19. People who are suffering through no fault of their own. We are trying to build a kinder, gentler society. And if we all make a little effort, we’ll get there.

The show’s producers have already confirmed that although a new regular host is being sought for the series, he won’t be named until the spring. In the meantime, the series will feature a number of hosts, including Jeopardy! Goat Ken Jennings and reporter/hostess Katie Couric. However, this section does not include all the people who will serve as interim facilitators.

You’ll also see famous people who aren’t ready for the role, but who love the show, love Alex and want to give him credit, Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, told Deadline. So not everyone who comes to the audition. We’re going in different directions. I don’t think we want to rush into appointing a new person. We’re still in mourning – of course I’m Alexa, and I think just turning around and calling someone irresponsible and thoughtless is the antithesis of Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! returns on Monday the 11th. January, with the first episode of Jennings.

(Cover photo by Eric McCandless via Getty Images)

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I just watched the latest episode of Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy. He wasn’t ready for the tribute collection at the end. For once in his life, he was that man. Truly unique.

– Matt Lear (@MattLear) 9. January 2021

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best TV game ever

The match with Alex Trebek was the best television match of all time. Never having to explain the rules

– Daniel Waldman (@the_waldman) January 9, 2021

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might be crying now..

I know there’s a lot more to it now, but I may have cried a little on the last episode of Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy.

– 8. Celeste Zwaan (@celestelabedz) January 2021

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Trebek will live in our hearts forever

It’s sad to think that tonight’s episode of @Jeopardy will be the last, hosted by Alex Trebek. I grew up with my dad and today we both shed a tear as we paid tribute to him at the end.

Mr. Trebek will always be in our hearts (and on our television!) pic.twitter.com/0ddCV2tPbX

– Sam K. (@shootsbysamk) January 9, 2021

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Surprisingly sad loss

I just recorded the latest episode of @jeopardy with Alex. A surprisingly sad loss for all fans of the show. #BEUVE

– 8. MikeintheCouv (@MikeintheCouv) 9. MikeintheCouv (@MikeintheCouv) January 2021

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