Jeopardy Has Run Out of New Episodes Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Photo credit: Eric McCandless - Getty Images
Photo credit: Eric McCandless - Getty Images

From Oprah Magazine

One of the few positive constants in our chaotic quarantine world was the continued run of new episodes of the beloved quiz show Jeopardy but unfortunately that's about to change. According to E! News, the series will start airing encore episodes on June 15, due to production being halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the end of new episodes, there are some silver linings for Jeopardy fans. Host Alex Trebek is eager to get back to work once it's safe, and the rerun episodes will go more in-depth on different contestants. James Holzhauer, the third-highest earning game show contestant in U.S. history and Emma Boettcher, who ended Holzhauer's 32 game win streak, are among those who will be highlighted.

"Alex is looking forward to resuming production as soon as we are able to do so," a spokesperson for the show said. "He's told us he wants to be one of the first shows back in production."

Trebek, who has been battling stage four pancreatic cancer, recently passed the one-year mark since his diagnosis, and provided an update to his concerned fans and supporters.

"There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned, and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on," he said. "But I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal—a betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive. It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts, of the value of living and hope, and it would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf."

Jeopardy has been airing in its current iteration since September 1984. It was recently nominated for a slew of Daytime Emmys, including Outstanding Game Show Host for Trebek, Outstanding Directing for a Game Show, and Outstanding Game Show.

The reruns will continue with a rebroadcast of the 2019 Tournament of Champions. While we'll miss the new Jeopardy, it's a great opportunity to convince your friends who don't know about the reruns that you're a trivia show genius.

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