The shows official Twitter account confirmed the sad news that Trebek, who hosted since 1984, died after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer Sunday.
Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show wrote on its Twitter account. “Thank you, Alex.”
In a statement to Fox News, the show confirmed that the final episode of Jeopardy! hosted by Trebek will air on Christmas Day 2020. His last day in the studio as the host was filmed on Oct. 29, 2020.
However, the show made it clear that it was not planning to announce a new host at this time, meaning fans may have to wait a few weeks before a decision is made about who will take over Jeopardy! in the wake of its longtime hosts passing.
This is an enormous loss for the JEOPARDY! staff, crew and all of Alexs millions of fans. He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host JEOPARDY! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever, Mike Richards, Jeopardy! executive producer, said in a statement to Fox News.
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