‘Jeopardy!’: When will Alex Trebek’s last episodes air? Here's how you can watch the late host's final tapings
After the passing of longtime 'Jeopardy!' game show host Alex Trebek, fans have been waiting on the final episodes featuring the late celebrity who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2019, after almost two years of battling with the illness. Trebek was a light to many as he graced their screens as the host of the highly acclaimed game show for 37 seasons.
He had taped his last episodes in October 2019, and according to reports, those episodes were supposed to air on December 21 but were later moved to 2021. The good news is that we don't have to wait long — the final new episodes hosted by the late Trebek will be airing from January 4 to January 8, 2021.
According to reports, viewers who live in the Kansas City area can watch the episodes at 2 pm on FOX4 and those who live outside the Kansas City area can use the aid of the 'Jeopardy!' website to find the local time and channel on which the episodes will air.
Reports also reveal that while a permanent replacement for the legendary host is yet to be decided, 'Jeopardy!' will have a series of guest hosts after the final episodes featuring Trebek air. The first guest host contestant Ken Jennings will make a debut on Monday, January 11, 2021.
In a release, Mike Richards, the show's executive producer said, "Alex believed in the importance of 'Jeopardy!' and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him. We will honor Alex's legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers."
Jennings who will start off as the interim host has won 74 times in regular competition and is even a producer this season.
Richards also spoke of Trebek's last day of taping on the 'Today' show saying, "I knew he was in an enormous amount of pain, and as he was leaving, I saw him at the door and I said, 'You know, that was maybe the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.' He kind of had his head down and he looked up and said, ‘Well, thank you.’ And that, you knew, when he accepted that, that he was really fighting and it was just so important for him to do this show and to support everything that it means to America.”
Back in March 2019, Trebek himself spoke on ABD News about what he may say on his last days on the show as a host, saying, “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. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye,” he said.