Friday marked the end of an era when the last episode of Jeopardy! hosted by Alex Trebek aired. Though his last show was originally set to air on Christmas Day, the producers decided to delay the last five episodes to give his millions of fans a chance to see his final appearances.
With it came an emotional 90-second tribute, set to Hugh Jackman singing the Peter Allen song “Once Before I Go,” and clips celebrating the funnier moments of the usually strait-laced Trebek while showing Trebek's changing look through his 36 years hosting the game show.
"Simply the best. Thank you, Alex," the show tweeted alongside the video package, which aired at the end of the episode.
"So long," Trebek said in a compilation of clips as the video concluded that was also shared on the official Jeopardy! Twitter account.
On Monday, Jeopardy! kicked off the first of Trebek's five final shows, when he shared an important and touching message with audiences.
"You will recall about a month ago, I asked all of you to take a moment and give thanks for all of the blessings that you enjoy in your lives," began Trebek, who taped his last episode just ten days before his death.
"Now, today a different kind of message. This is the season of giving. I know you want to be generous with your family, with your friends, your loved ones, but today I'd like you to go one step further," he continued. "I'd like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19. People who are suffering through no fault of their own. We're trying to build a gentler, kinder society. If we all pitch in just a little bit, we're going to get there."