Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek reminisces about his life and retirement.
The Canadian-born Trebek is a television icon.
He has been hosting the popular game show Jeopardy for 34 years.
Trebek was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario.
In 1961 he joined the CBC.
He did a variety of jobs for the CBC, including reading the news and covering special events.
In 1973 he moved to the United States.
He hosted a variety of shows, but mainly the game show genre.
By 1984 he had made his mark as a strong TV personality.
So he was chosen to host Jeopardy.
And he has been there ever since.
Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek Reminisces
And the 78-year-old TV icon caused a stir when he said he might retire in 2020.
So in a lengthy interview with Vulture Trebek talks about a host of topics.
They include – retirement, who will replace him, when he was single he was not a man about town, being the host of Jeopardy means setting your ego aside, there is no formula for being successful on Jeopardy.
Vulture is the culture and entertainment site from New York magazine.
Here are some highlights from the interview.
What’s the part of your job that feels the most like a grind?
Yes, lucky me. I have to work, but it’s work I enjoy and that still has challenges. I have at least two new players on each program and all new material that I’ve got to read properly. As I’ve gotten older I realize, as professional athletes do, that the difficult thing is not losing your physical skills. It’s losing your ability to concentrate. I remember the old all-star guard for the Green Bay Packers.
Have you met President Trump? Or Prime Minister Trudeau?
I have not met Donald Trump. I’ve met Trudeau. I spent almost an hour with him in Ottawa. I’m keenly aware of little nuances, and I noticed at one point, after about 45 minutes, that Justin did something like this [scratches under his shirt], and about ten seconds later, there was a knock on the door and one of his assistants came in and said, “Mr. Prime Minister, you have a meeting.”
I don’t follow.
He has a buzzer under his shirt that he can use to signal his assistants when it’s time to come and get him. But Trudeau did say to me, “Count me in if you ever do a celebrity tournament featuring world political leaders.” I said, “I can’t think of anybody who would want to take you on.”
How would Trump do as a contestant on Jeopardy?
For the answer on Trump read the full interview.