Alex Trebek's Death to Be Addressed on Tonight's Episode With 'Special Message' From 'Jeopardy!' EP

Longtime host died Sunday following a battle with pancreatic cancer

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. Photo: Getty Images

“Jeopardy” executive producer Mike Richards will deliver a “special message” this evening at the top of the first “Jeopardy!” episode following Alex Trebek’s passing, a person with knowledge of the tribute told TheWrap.

“Today’s show features a special message on behalf of everyone in the ‘Jeopardy!’ family,” the show’s Instagram posted.

The Sony game show is keeping the details on that message under wraps in an effort to increase tune-in for the tribute.

Thanks to batch-taping, Trebek’s final “Jeopardy!” episode will air on Christmas Day. He was last in studio on Oct. 29.

Trebek died Sunday following a long and public battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

“Jeopardy!” is currently the third highest-rated syndicated series on TV, behind only “Judge Judy” and “Family Feud.” That positioning makes it the second highest-rated syndicated game show of the 2020-21 television season. With perennial ratings champion “Judge Judy” ending at the conclusion of this season, that vacancy will open the door for game shows to rule syndication.

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