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  • "Jeopardy" shared a pre-recorded Thankgiving message from the late host Alex Trebek on social media
  • Trebek encouraged the people to "keep the faith" amid the pandemic in the video
  • Ken Jennings is going to be Trebek's replacement as the first interim guest host of "Jeopardy"

In a heartfelt Thanksgiving video message recorded prior his death, Alex Trebek, former host of the game show “Jeopardy,” encouraged the people to “keep the faith” despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The show released the 23-second clip on its official Twitter account and in it, the late host greeted everyone a "Happy Thanksgiving." The iconic TV personality started the video by saying that thare are still so many things to be thankful for despite the global health crisis.

“Happy Thanksgiving ladies and gentlemen. You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world are experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful,” Trebek said in the pre-recorded video message.

Later in the video, Trebek encouraged the people to “keep the faith” and assured the fans that things would get better soon.

“There are more and more people extending helpful hands to do a kindness to their neighbors and that’s a good thing . Keep the faith. We’re gonna get through all of this, and we will be a better society because of it,” Trebek said in the video.

Trebek died at the age of 80 on Nov. 8 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The late host continued to film new episodes in the studio until Oct. 29. Trebek’s last episodes as the host will air the week of Jan. 4.

Meanwhile, Ken Jennings has been announced as the first interim guest host of the show when it resumes production later this month. Jennings, one of the most popular contestants of the long-running series, will be the first in the series of guest hosts before the makers decide on a permanent replacement.

Speaking about the new interim host, Mike Richards, the executive producer of “Jeopardy,” noted that they are going to bring familiar faces on the show, so that it brings a “sense of continuity” for the viewers.

“We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues ,” Richards said.

The first episode with Jennings as host is scheduled to air on Jan. 11, 2021. 

Alex Trebek Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" fame is pictured during a rehearsal for the shows Power Players Week in Washington, D.C., on April 21, 2012. Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images