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Alex Trebek’s final ‘Jeopardy!’ episodes air this week

(LOS ANGELES) — Beginning this evening, January 4, the final five Jeopardy! episodes featuring Alex Trebek will begin airing. 

Trebek died of pancreatic cancer on November 8 at age 80.

These final five episodes were shot back in October; the quiz show’s producers say Trebek worked up until 10 days before he passed away.

Sony Pictures Television says Monday night’s episode will kick off with Trebek delivering a “powerful message about the season of giving,” and the final episode, which airs Friday, will conclude with a tribute to the beloved, Emmy-winning host. 

All-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings will take over as guest host starting on January 11.  A search for a permanent successor for Trebek has yet to be officially announced.

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