FROM THE ARCHIVE: Behind-the-scenes of 'Jeopardy!' with Alex Trebek in 1997

"We have new contestants and new material every show. So there is a challenge there in keeping up with the contestants."
CULVER CITY, Calif. (KGO) -- The late Alex Trebek's final episode as iconic host of Jeopardy! will air on Friday on ABC7 exactly two months after passing away from cancer.

Trebek fought a public battle with the disease before succumbing to stage four pancreatic cancer last November. He was 80 years old.

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Trebek hosted Jeopardy! since its debut on daytime syndication in 1984. He holds the Guinness World Record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter hosting more than 8,200 episodes.

"We have new contestants and new material every show. So there is a challenge there in keeping up with the contestants," Trebek told retired ABC7 News anchor Cheryl Jennings in 1997.

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Executive producer Mike Richards opened the show Monday night with a message to the audience about the legendary host's death.



He continued to host the popular quiz show after his cancer diagnosis in 2019.

In this edition of "From The Archive," ABC7 News spoke to Alex Trebek and got a behind the scenes look at one of America's most popular television shows in a story that aired on November 16, 1997.

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