Alex Trebek Once Called 'Jeopardy!' Contestant Loser & Fans React 4 Years Later
Four years ago, “Jeopardy!” longtime host Alex Trebek tried to make a joke while talking to a contestant. A clip of the interaction has resurfaced and some fans are calling him out.
Trebek, 79, is receiving some backlash from fans over a viral clip which was originally from October 12, 2016 episode of “Jeopardy!” In the short footage, contestant Susan Cole, from Maryland, introduces herself.
At the time, Cole spoke about her hobbies stating that it was called: “Nerd-core Hip-Hop.” Trebek responded by saying: “Her favorite type of music is something I’ve never heard of, but it doesn’t sound like fun.”
CONTESTANT GETS MOCKED BY ALEX
Cole laughs off his joked and states that she thought the genre was fun. She went on to explain that the subject matter of Hip-Hop music included: “video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners.”
That’s awful, shame on Trebek
The audience could be heard laughing as the television show host pauses for a second. Instead of saying something nice to the contestant Trebek mocks her by stating: “Losers, in other words.”
CONTESTANT PROVES SHE’S A WINNER
Ultimately, Cole proved she wasn’t a loser and won $20,600 that night. She eventually had a three-game winning streak that earned her $67,800.
FAN LAMBASTS TREBEK
DON’T CALL PEOPLE LOSERS
Another fan reprimanded the star stating: “I'm sorry Alex is sick, but calling someone a ‘loser’ based on nerdy activities seems mean-spirited.” A Twitter user lamented how the host was “throwing a middle school insult” at Cole.
And completely unnecessary. How derogatory & demeaning. For the lady & those she was describing. pic.twitter.com/mNxykvKva8— Connie Redlich (@RedlichConnie) April 23, 2020
FANS FIND HUMOR IN HOST’S QUIP
However, some fans thought the exchange was quite funny. Someone commented: “LMAO, its Alex so he's forgiven,” because he’s a “national treasure.”
That's AWEFUL! Shame on him. God knows enough people who watch a quiz show are pretty damn nerdy.— Paula Mine (@Lasttoletyoudwn) April 23, 2020
“SHE DESERVED IT”
I'm sorry Alex is sick, but calling someone a "loser" based on nerdy activities seems mean-spirited.— Shawn Marshall (@WShawnM) April 23, 2020
ALEX WRITE ABOUT CANCER BATTLE
Trebek is currently battling against stage 4 pancreatic cancer and he’s trying to do his bit to give inspiration to those facing the disease. Last Tuesday, he revealed that he’d written a memoir, “The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.”
Apparently throwing a middle school insult at someone who’s probably a thousand times more talented than you counts as “owning” now.— Chip Hollingsworth (@cholling13) April 23, 2020
BOOK WILL BE RELEASED IN JULY
The book will be released by Simon & Schuster on July 21, 2020. The star first announced his diagnosis in March 2019.
LMAO, its Alex so he's forgiven. He's a national treasure in my book...like Betty White— Jovian Ford (@AfterMidNiteJov) April 23, 2020
TREBEK COPING THROUGH COVID-19
During the same week, Trebek’s longtime friend, Ruta Lee, shared how the host was handling the novel coronavirus pandemic. She said he was “managing quite well.”
JEOPARDY’S NEW EPISODES
The only difficulty he was experiencing, according to Lee, was staying busy while “Jeopardy!” takes a hiatus due to the virus outbreak. The game show is only expected to have a new episode on May 1, 2020.
🧐 I'm surprised Alex trebek was that rude.. But damn was that a burn https://t.co/IVdLCl328x— Moira, social distancing since 2005🖤🖤🦇🦇🕸️🕷️ (@moira_leisy) April 23, 2020
LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS ABOUT ALEX
Here are some little-known facts about Trebek, the television personality was actually born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. In 1961, the star had attended the University of Ottawa.
His favorite animal is the musk ox.
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