Alex Trebek

Game Show Host


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, Alex Trebek talks about his early career interests, his school years (including earning a Philosophy degree), and his start in broadcasting on the CBC in Canada. He reminisces about his days in radio and television broadcasting in his early twenties and the excitement of those days and the pranks he and his colleagues played on each other. He talks about hosting the "live" CBC series Music Hop, which resembled the later American series Hullabaloo. He talks about hosting several series on the CBC, including talk and game shows. He discusses how he came to appear on American television as the host of the NBC daytime game show The Wizard of Odds, and his move to the States. He describes how his "look" was desirable since it was different, saying he was the first game show host since Groucho Marx to have a mustache.  He talks about his continual hosting in game shows in the 1970s in the U.S. and Canada and how he never felt like a celebrity and insisted to be introduced as the "host" of the show, rather than the star. He speaks in great detail about his long association as the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! Among the topics he discusses are the game play, Celebrity Jeopardy!, contestant selection, his approach to his hosting duties, and the winning streak of Ken Jennings. Trebek also talks about his association with the USO over the years. Barrie Nedler conducted the interview in Studio City, CA on August 22, 2007.

"That's really what a host is supposed to do. You are there to make players relaxed enough that they can demonstrate their skills. They're the stars of the show. They're the ones that the viewers are interested in seeing. You're going to be there five days a week. Every week. Put the emphasis on the players."

Highlights
Alex Trebek on hosting Jeopardy
10:30
Alex Trebek on the Jeopardy "think" music written by Merv Griffin
01:13
Alex Trebek on hosting High Rollers
06:40
Alex Trebek on hosting Jeopardy! and the show's legacy
24:19
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and growing up in Canada
On his first television work in Canada; on being hired for U.S. television

Chapter 2

On hosting the game show High Rollers
On hosting Double Dare, $128,000 Question, and Pitfall
On hosting Jeopardy

Chapter 3

On hosting Jeopardy!

Chapter 4

On Jeopardy!; on winning Emmy awards; on Jeopardy's legacy
On some of his other television appearances

Chapter 5

On working with the USO; on hosting the National Geographic Bee; on his thoughts on television; on how he would like to be remembered
Shows

High Rollers

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Alex Trebek on hosting High Rollers
06:40

Jeopardy!

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Alex Trebek on hosting Jeopardy
10:30
Alex Trebek on the Jeopardy "think" music written by Merv Griffin
01:13
Alex Trebek on hosting Jeopardy! and the show's legacy
24:19
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Alex Trebek on the Jeopardy "think" music written by Merv Griffin
01:13

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