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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Alex Trebek stirs controversy with his #MeToo take, saying this is "a scary time for men"
Source: The Washington Post
The 78-year-old Jeopardy! host commented on the #MeToo movement in his wide-ranging Vulture interview. "You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings. I said, 'My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men,'" he said. "I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually. I said, “But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.” There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone." Trebek also said the celebrity contestant he most wanted to have on was Kevin Spacey. "He’s bright, and there would be so many funny moments because of all his great impressions," said Trebek. "But now you can’t say that. So to answer your question: the pope. I was raised Catholic." ALSO: Trebek on how Donald Trump would play Jeopardy!: "He might not agree that any of the correct responses are correct."
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Alex Trebek explains what bothers him on Jeopardy!, says media coverage of his retirement comments were overblown
"I don’t understand the publicity around it," Trebek tells Vulture in a wide-ranging interview, referring to his chat last summer with Harvey Levin on his Fox News show about potentially retiring in 2020. "The same thing happened when I shaved my mustache off in 2001. It got so much play. Folks, get a life. There are more important things." Trebek also discussed what he doesn't like contestants to do. "What bothers me is when contestants jump all over the board even after the Daily Doubles have been dealt with," he says. "Why are they doing that? They’re doing themselves a disservice. When the show’s writers construct categories they do it so that there’s a flow in terms of difficulty, and if you jump to the bottom of the category you may get a clue that would be easier to understand if you’d begun at the top of the category and saw how the clues worked. I like there to be order on the show, but as the impartial host I accept disorder." ALSO: Why is Trebek's house entirely decorated in beige?
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune renewed through 2023
The renewal of the syndicated game show juggernauts comes one week after Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak and Vanna White extended their contracts through 2022. Variety reports the renewal came after ABC-owned TV stations were forced to shell out more money after Fox Television Stations group mounted a huge rival offer.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 5:21PM EDT
Alex Trebek decides not to retire, joins Pat Sajak and Vanna White in renewing their contracts through 2022
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Back in July, the Jeopardy! host told Harvey Levin that there was a “50/50 (chance) and a little less” that he'll return to his game show after his contract is up in 2020. Instead, the 78-year-old Trebek has joined Sajak and White in reneweing their respective Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune deals through 2022. ALSO: Trebek dresses as KISS singer Gene Simmons for Halloween.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Alex Trebek responds after being booed while moderating Pennsylvania's gubernatorial debate
Source: Local 21 News
"I think it was a learning experience for me. I was too naive going into this," said the Jeopardy! host. "I mentioned to the audience that I wasn’t a fan of the traditional debate formats where the candidates stand behind a lectern and they get a minute and a half to respond. I thought a conversation would work better….it didn’t.”
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 2:47PM EDT
Alex Trebek was booed for doing a "horrible job" moderating the Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate
The Jeopardy! host was supposed to serve as debate moderator. But instead of moderating, he inserted himself into the debate, at times becoming argumentative and lecturing the audience. He even tried debating one of the candidates, resulting in audience boos.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 4:56AM EDT
Watch Alex Trebek moderate Pennyslvania's gubernatorial debate
This is the second time this year the Jeopardy! host has moderated a debate in Pennsylvania's race for governor.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek has shaved off all his facial hair
Source: The Today Show
On Monday, the Jeopardy host posted a Twitter poll asking fans whether or not he should shave his summer beard. “Sorry to have to tell you folks, but voting is now closed," Trebek said today in an Instagram video. "And we’ve determined that the winner is my wife, Jean. She voted for me to be clean-shaven and so, that’s it.”
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Stephen Colbert challenges Alex Trebek to a beard-off
Source: The A.V. Club
“I have not been this angry at a game show host since Bob Barker tried to have me spayed or neutered,” Colbert said on The Late Show in reaction to the Jeopardy! host's new beard.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Jeopardy! lets fans vote on whether Alex Trebek should keep his beard
"To beard, or not to beard: that is the question," Jeopardy!'s Instagram said after Trebek unveiled his shocking new look. TMZ apparently has learned the beard's fate.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Why is Alex Trebek sporting a beard?
Source: The Today Show
Jeopardy!'s Twitter account sparked speculation with a video of Trebek with a beard, tweeting: "Stay tuned for a surprise bigger than the beard."
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Jeopardy! arrives on Hulu
The classic game show makes its streaming debut today, with 60 episodes available from the recent past thanks to a deal between Hulu and Sony Pictures Television. The episodes available aired between 2012 and 2015, including a “Tournament of Champions,” a “College Championship” week and a “Kids Week,” along with “Battle of the Decades." Hulu announced the news via a video promo featuring host Alex Trebek, saying in his trademark fashion: “It’s the streaming service that’s now home to one of the most beloved quiz shows of all time, Jeopardy!" After pausing for dramatic effect, he said, "What is Hulu?"
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Alex Trebek's picks to succeed him Jeopardy! respond, but a superfan says Anderson Cooper makes the most sense
Source: The New York Times
Trebek named Los Angeles Kings announcer Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates in his interview on Fox News' OBJECTified that hinted he'll likely step down from Jeopardy! in 2020, when he turns 80. "I guess there are worse ways to randomly see your name show up on TMZ!" tweeted a "flattered" Faust. Coates tweeted: "Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I'd be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids." Andy Saunders, who runs The Jeopardy! Fan site, said the front-runner in his eyes is Anderson Cooper, who could work on Jeopardy! four to six days per month while keeping his CNN and 60 Minutes gigs. Saunders said of Trebek: “He has so much experience and he is such a good host that anyone, even Anderson Cooper, would find it incredibly difficult to fill Alex’s shoes."
- LeVar Burton pitches himself as Trebek's replacement: "I’ve had my eye on this gig for a looong time" he said, adding: "Sorry, brother! There is only one game show I’ve ever wanted to host... This Is Jeopardy!"
- Ken Kennings joked about replacing Trebek: "(be right back), deleting ten years of pedophilia jokes"
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Alex Trebek hints he'll retire from Jeopardy! in 2020
Source: Page Six
Trebek said on Fox News Channel's OJECTified that there's “50/50 (chance) and a little less" that he'll stay after his contract expires in two years, when he turns 80. Trebek also revealed his two picks to replace him, including Alex Faust, the 28-year-old play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings. If the producers want a female host, "there is an attorney, Laura Coates,” he said. “She’s African-American and she appears on some of the cable news shows from time to time.”
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Jeopardy! invites a contestant back after a typo in a "Final Jeopardy" clue
Source: Chicago Tribune
Vincent Valenzuela, who competed on Friday's show, was given a clue along with his competitors that was different from the way host Alex Trebek read the clue.