Alex Trebek is inspiring fans to reach out to those in need during these trying times. Shortly before his death last year, the iconic game show host pre-taped several episodes of "Jeopardy!" which are being aired this week. In one of the final episodes on Monday, Trebek offered a message of hope.
"Hello, ladies and gentlemen, 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," he began. "Now today, a different kind of message."
Trebek reminded viewers that it was the season of giving and, while many wanted to "be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones," he urged them to take it 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. People who are suffering through no fault of their own," Trebek explained. "We're trying to build a gentler, kinder society and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we're going to get there."
Trebek died on Nov. 8 at age 80 after fighting pancreatic cancer. Two weeks later "Jeopardy!" aired a touching posthumous video message for Thanksgiving in which Trebek urged fans to be kind to one another.
"You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful. There are more and more people extending helpful hands to do a kindness to their neighbors, and that’s a good thing,'' he said. ''Keep the faith. We’re going to get through all this, and we are going to be a better society because of it."
Next week, guest hosts will be filling Trebek's position until a permanent replacement is found. Ken Jennings will be the first to host the show.
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