"Jeopardy!" fans were hit with a wave of nostalgia during this week's pre-recorded episodes of the game show, which feature the late host Alex Trebek.
On Thursday, contestant Brayden Smith made it to the third day of the show after a successful run earlier in the week, making fans think of him as Trebek's "final gift."
”What a week this is turning out to be on 'Jeopardy!'" Trebek said at the top of the show. “So I'm not gonna say anything that might risk jinxing it.”
At the end of the show, Trebek told the other contestants that they played well, but unfortunately they "ran into Billy Buzzsaw," he said, gesturing to Smith.
"He took no prisoners. He came ready to defeat," Trebek added.
Viewers took to social media to join in on praises for Smith and express their joy that Trebek got to see him play.
"It makes me really happy that Alex Trebek got a contestant like Brayden on some of his last shows. Smart as a whip. Plays the board like no other (him finding all those Daily Doubles is not dumb luck)," user @elizanhurd wrote. "It’s awesome."
"Love this kid," user @Moonshinegirl tweeted. "I really hope he stays on for a while. What a nice gift for Alex"
"Glad Brayden was a last gift to Alex of some sorts that he got to watch him play," user @SeanRohacik echoed.
"I’d like to think that Brayden was a final gift to Alex Trebek. He loved a great champion," user @lisadanls wrote.
"Brayden does it again, I’m in awe! I have to imagine Alex was so happy with him," user @bethann78 tweeted.
Some also predicted that Smith would be Trebek's last champion.
"I feel like Brayden might wind up Alex's last champion," user @GrimmPixels tweeted.
"I feel like Brayden is going to be the last champion of the Alex Trebek era," user @YankeeJosh wrote.
Trebek died in November at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He had hosted the brainy quiz show since its syndicated revival premiered in 1984 and was the winner of seven Emmys.
Ken Jennings, who holds the all-time records for most consecutive games won (74) and highest winnings in regular-season play ($2,520,700) on the show, was set as the first interim "Jeopardy!" host when the TV game show resumed production Nov. 30. He'll be just one of several interim hosts before the show decides on a permanent replacement, "Jeopardy!" announced in a statement.
Contributing: Julia Thompson
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