A video tribute to the host closed Friday’s episode of the trivia game, the last Trebek recorded before he died of pancreatic cancer on November 8. The 90 Second Cut, about Hugh Jackman singing the Peter Allen song Once before leaving, is a happy, laughter-filled memory showing Trebek’s changing gaze over his 36 years as a host, with mustache and without, with black and gray hair, in costumes from decades past.
He was celebrating Trebek’s most wacky, usually straight to the switchbacks moments, showing him verbally training with competitors and battling a standoff.
“You really make me feel inadequate,” he said to a child candidate. “Sorry about that,” she answers sassingly.
Trebek is shown walking the pantless ensemble in one clip, dressed like the Statue of Liberty in another, and wearing the costume of a Trojan soldier in another.
A clip of the host declaring “I don’t dance” is shown amid scenes of him dancing through the years.
The tribute is still very sad and sentimental, however, as Jackman sings “Its so hard to say goodbye, when there is so much that is not said in your eyes” and “Once before I go I would like to let you know, that i would do it all again. ”
And in his final moments, he shows Trebek who has signed through the decades, saying over and over, “Too bad, everyone.”
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Trebek died on November 8 at age 80, but had pre-recorded several weeks of shows that continued to air. He continued to work for almost two years after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, remaining on the podium where it had become an institution since his debut in 1984.
The show will continue next week with a series of interim hosts, starting with the veteran Danger! champion Ken Jennings.
The final episodes of Trebek for the week began on Monday, with the host urging viewers to give to others who were suffering during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re trying to build a smoother, kinder society, and if we all step in a little bit, we’ll get there,” Trebek said.
Its final shows were originally scheduled to air Christmas week, but they have been postponed until this week to give more visibility to the shipment.
The episode includes holiday elements, such as the “Christmas Movies” category.
In one of the last of the more than 500,000 clues that Trebek delivered to contestants in his 8,200+ episodes, he said: “Basically this heartwarming classic from Frank Capra is about a disgraced financier having a wake-up call. Incredibly difficult Christmas. ”
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Trebek apparently wasn’t sure Friday’s episode would be his last when it was taped.
The show’s executive producer Mike Richards told NBC Today show Monday that Trebek was “an absolute warrior” during his last recording sessions, despite “tremendous pain”.
At the end of the episode, before the video tribute, Trebek said “see you next week.”