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Jeopardy! Executive Producer Recalls Alex Trebek’s “Herculean” Final Tapings Before His Death – E! Online

This week, Jeopardy fans will see Alex Trebek host for the last time. 

Less than two months after the beloved Jeopardy host’s death, the ABC game show is gearing up to air his final five episodes, beginning on Monday, Jan. 4. While he was battling pancreatic cancer behind the scenes, Trebek forged ahead, resulting in these last shows fans will get to see with him at the helm. 

“He was an absolute warrior and what he was able to do by getting himself back to the set to tape those final episodes…We didn’t know it was going to be his final episodes and neither did he, but it was herculean,” Executive Producer Mike Richards said in a Jan. 4 interview on Today. “He was in enormous pain. He was, you know, 10 days away from passing away and you will not sense any of that in these episodes. He is strong. He sounds great. He’s funny and he’s amazing.”

The 80 year old was known to keep his struggles with his health mostly out of the spotlight, save for the occasional brief statement. However, Richards shed some light on how much Trebek was privately enduring in his final days. 

“The week before we taped those episodes, he was in the hospital,” he told co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. “This man was unbelievable. He calls me and he said, ‘Mike, I’m going to be fine. I’ll be in to tape. I was able to eat Jello today.'” 


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