Alex Trebek urged Jeopardy! viewers to help COVID-19 victims in a taping that aired Monday and was filmed days before his November 8 death.
'You’ll recall that about a month ago, I asked all of you to take a moment to give thanks for all of the blessings that you enjoy in your lives,' said the veteran TV personality, who was 80 when he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Monday marked the beginning of the last week of episodes the beloved Canadian host had pre-taped in late October.
Parting message: The late Alex Trebek urged Jeopardy! viewers to help COVID-19 victims in a taping which aired Monday that he filmed days before his November 8 deathInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Now, today, a different kind of message. This is the season of giving - I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones.'
He continued, 'But today, I’d like you to go one step further: I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19.'
Trebek said that there are 'people who are suffering through no fault of their own' and solidarity would help society move forward past the pandemic.
'We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society and if we all pitch in - just a little bit - we’re gonna get there,' he said.
Fondly remembered: The Jeopardy! host died November 8 after battle with pancreatic cancer
Request: Trebek told viewers, 'I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19'
The episodes were initially set to air the week of Christmas but producers held them back until this week for a broader audience to watch the legendary host ply his craft one more time.
Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards, speaking with the Today show on Monday, said that Trebek 'was in enormous pain' amid the tapings, but the consummate professional - 'an absolute warrior'