In February of 2017, Senior Video Correspondent Graham Flanagan spent a day behind the scenes of “Jeopardy!” at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.
On March 6, 2019, Alex Trebek, the 78-year-old host of “Jeopardy!,” announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In a video message posted to the long-running game show’s YouTube channel, Trebek delivered the news with transparency, humor, and optimism.
“I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” Trebek said in the video message. “Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host “Jeopardy!” for three more years!”
In addition to being present for the five episodes that were taped that day, Flanagan got to spend a limited amount of one-on-one time with Trebek, who has been hosting the show since 1984.
He got an inside look at Trebek’s pre-show routine, and got the iconic host to open up about his diet, his passion for labor-intensive housework, and the reason he’s never lost his passion for hosting “Jeopardy!” after more than 7,000 episodes.
Flanagan also recorded Trebek’s interactions with the live studio audience during commercial breaks, wherein he takes unscripted questions. “No subject is taboo,” Trebek said.
This visit to the “Jeopardy!” set came the day after a category that featured Trebek reciting rap lyrics went viral, making headlines due to his deadpan delivery of verses by artists like Drake and Lil’ Wayne.
Business Insider released a series of short videos produced from the footage captured in 2017. After Trebek’s announcement regarding his health status captured the minds and hearts of the show’s massive audience, Flanagan returned to the footage he shot that day to create a new, extended chronicle of his experience.
Some of the footage featured here was included in the previously-released videos, and some of it is being seen for the first time.