ALEX Trebek was in “enormous pain” while filming the final episodes of Jeopardy! the show’s executive producer has revealed.
Mike Richards opened up about what it was like for Trebek to film the show just 10 days before his death ahead of the last installments airing this week.
While his struggles were “herculean”, Richards insisted the show’s host is still “funny” and “sounds great” in the episodes.
“It was herculean – he was in enormous pain” he explained on the Today show, adding that viewers won’t “sense [his struggles] in any of the episodes”.
He continued: “He is strong. He sounds great. He’s funny, and he’s amazing – an absolute warrior.”
The final five episodes, which will show on ABC from tonight, were teased by Richards in a special monologue.
He told audiences: “In this very special, unbelievable final week, he comes out and gives a talk about the importance of togetherness and sticking together, and that the world is struggling, but we have to get through it together, and we had chills.”
Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy! for 36 before passing away from pancreatic cancer on November 8.
While a successor was discussed with Trebek, Richards insisted the longtime host wanted to “stay out of that”.
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“Nobody is going to replace him and he knew that,” Richards explained. “As humble as he was, he knew that there was no chance of that.
“It’s someone smart and credible that loves the show. That’s what he wanted.”
Next week will see Ken Jennings, a contestant who’s won more than $4m on the show, guest host.