‘Jeopardy!’ shares poignant tribute to Alex Trebek during final episode

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Simply the best.

After 37 seasons, Alex Trebek’s final episode of "Jeopardy!" aired on Friday.

To commemorate his lasting legacy, the series shared a touching tribute which highlighted some of Trebek’s most memorable moments through the years.

“Simply the best,” the show captioned the 90-second clip. “Thank you, Alex.”

Set to the Peter Allen/Dean Pitchford song “Once Before I Go,” the video included Trebek bantering with guests, joking around in his usual jovial demeanor and even dressed up as Gene Simmons from the rock group KISS.

The video winds down with a montage of Trebek saying “so long” throughout the years, as the iconic TV host begins to walk off stage waving his fist in the air.

The screen fades to black and a message appears: “Dedicated to Alex Trebek: Forever in our hearts, Always our inspiration.”

Trebek, who died on November 8 after battling pancreatic cancer at the age of 80, filmed his week of final episodes in October.

In an episode that aired Monday night, Trebek urged people to be generous amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the emotional moment, he told fans to “take a moment to give thanks” for their blessings.

“Now today, a different kind of message,” Trebek said. “This is the season of giving. I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones, but today I’d like you to go one step further.”

“I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your heart to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19,” he went on. “People who are suffering through no fault of their own. We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society. And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re gonna get there.”