the answer is... Alex Trebek.
Q: Does Trebek act like he knows everything
A: Not at all. He's actually pretty quiet and keeps to himself once
the show is done. He's not anti-social, he's nice if you approach
him, he just doesnt "mingle". Just goes in, does his job
and takes off. He does have a good dry sarcastic sense of humor.'
Q: There's a clip they play on stern of him cutting lines for a game
or a voiceover and he swears a lot and stuff when he messes up. Any
funny stories of him doing anything unexpected?
A: Yeah a lot of clips on youtube are from pretty early in the beginning
of jeopardy. Sadly, Trebek has become rather domesticated and if
he gets out of line too much he is given a quick, though relatively
harmless shock to his groinal area. So he never swears much or loses
Q: Alex always says things that refer to the days of the week, though
'Have a good Friday, everyone!' Does he say things like that on Monday
in preparation? Does he/contestants change clothes so they aren't
wearing the same thing on two different episodes?
A: Yes, every show that is taped has a date that it will air. There
is a message board that tells him what day of the week it is before
he goes onstage. Wardrobe picks out his outfits for all the shows
and none of them are used twice THAT day. Luckily a suit can be changed
up plenty of ways with just a different shirt and tie. All contestants
are encouraged to bring several changes of clothing each day just
in case they win.
Q: I was thinking the longer timeouts would be with Trebek screaming
for makeup and berating some random staff member. Does Trebek drink
hard liquor? Skirt chasing?
A: Haha no alex doesnt scream at anyone. He doesnt drink hard liqour
anymore, only an occasional glass of wine i believe. He's happily
married with children so no skirt chasing. Sorry but hes a fairly
normal guy. Oh, and santa claus isnt real either.
Q: Do you have any idea how trebek felt about those SNL skits?
A: He was asked that every day. His usual response was something
along the lines of.. "If i ever see sean connery on the streets
im going to kick his butt! No, im just kidding, i was flattered by
it and actually enjoyed it, although i was sad when will ferrell
decided to leave snl to make millions doing movies instead. The nerve
Q: The questions are developed by a team of writers. I've heard a
few times that Trebek writes many of the questions. Any truth to
A: Very little. He may have a couple questions out there, but any
input he has might be in the form of a "suggestion" or
an idea to the writers.
Q: I've heard he's smart...I have heard him act surprised and say
that even he didn't know the answer. Is he that smart?
A: I mentioned it in another response, but theres no way you cant
be smart through osmosis alone after reading the same content over
and over for 27 years.
Q: Did he (trebek) ever rage if someone pronounced his name wrong
(treebek vs truhbek)? Did he ever show up drunk? Were you on when
ken jennings was winning?
A: Never saw Trebek rage about anything. (other than on youtube)
He just didnt give much of an eff about anything. Never showed up
drunk. He gave up most of his drinking after his heart problems a
few years ago. His drink of choice was wine though. Chardonnay I
believe. I started a little after Jennings.
Q: Has anybody referred to him as "Kebert Xela" to
A: Yeah. We get two audiences a day that get to ask questions or
make statements. Inevitably that gets brought up.
Q: Is Xela a good sport about this, or does he get sick of it by
A: Well.. he usually tries to come up with a sarcastic answer to
most of the questions. You can tell when he's sick of it because
he just answers normally. But there isnt anything you can ask that
hasnt been asked a million times and was probably already asked that
day. Hes a pretty good sport about it overall.
Q: Is Trebek in debt to the mob or something that he feels the need
to peddle lousy insurance products to old people?
A: Haha i dunno why he does that.. ive never heard anyone ask either.
Q: How did you feel when trebek shaved off his iconic stache? I was
pretty crushed. Gaze upon its magnificence.
A: A lot of people ask him about his stache and if he will grow it
back. He usually reminds them that he cut it off about 8 years ago,
but that he has the power to grow it back at any time. Last season
on the april fools show, he wore a fake mustache for the first segment.
Q: How does Trebek instantly know whether an answer is correct or
incorrect? Is there an edit in between, or is there someone on his
earpiece telling him the correct answer?
A: He has the answers on a sheet in front of him. If a contestant
gives an answer that may be correct but not on the sheet, he consults
Q: How does he know that an answer may be correct? Does
one of the judges flag him or give him a signal?
A: They will give him a simple thumbs up, or alex does have some
discretion as to whether it would be deemed correct or not. If its
questionable we will stop taping and consult.
Q: Yeah but then how
does he so quickly get to the answer? Doesn't he have to look at
the category, then the question? In that case, wouldn't the sheet
be pretty large?
A: He has been doing it for going on 27 years now, hes gotten very
good at it. I believe the sheet is 11x17.
Q: How does Trebek manage to read the 'answer' so quickly after the
contestant has selected a category? What is he looking at behind
his podium, is it some sort of screen similar to the answer board
screens? How is it controlled? It's so instantaneous that I have
often wondered if perhaps this is done with post editing, all the
between the contestant picking
the category, the answer board screen responding with the words,
and Trebek starting to read the 'answer' have been pulled out before
broadcast. He often starts reading the 'answer' before the camera
has cut away from the contestant.
A: You would be surprised, but no he doesnt read from a category
screen, he is actually given a large sheet of paper with the questions
and answers laid out like the category screen, he has just been doing
it for so long that he has become very fast. He does mess up every
now and then, but he just rereads it and its corrected in editing.
Q: So that thing he's always writing on on his podium is actually
a big paper with all the questions on it? Is he marking off when
a question has been answered or what?
A: Yeah he has a sharpie and a pen/pencil he keeps on his podium
and he crosses them out as he reads them.
Q: Has he ever read the wrong question off the paper by accident,
revealing another question?
A: Yeah, it happens every now and then, I answer it more elsewhere
in this AMA but if he reads most of the wrong question, it is thrown
out and replaced.
Q: How far ahead of time does he get the questions? He has a lot
of tidbits to add on to some questions that he couldn't make up on
the spot, I wouldn't think.
A: He gets all the shows at about 7 in the morning so that he can
go over and make notations or ask questions if he has any. He gets
the questions at the beginning of each tape day.
Q: I've always been amazed at his ability to read names, place names,
and foreign words. As well as his ability to properly inflect and
emphasize the clues. It's like he never falters. Is there a lot of
editing that goes into that?
A: No not really. He speaks English and French fluently and dabbles
in a lot of other languages. But he has a good ability with linguistic
pronunciations and he references a dictionary if he is not sure.
Does he know how to pronounce every word in every language ever like
it seems, or does he get a chance to look stuff up before the cameras
A: He knows how to pronounce a lot of words, but he is given a chance
to look up all the clues before taping starts.
Q: How much tang does Trebek pull in from the show?
A: Not much.. they only had regular orange juice.
Q: Is Trebek really as smart as he seems? Occasionally he'll give
the correct answer (or question I guess ;P) complete with some background
info and have this cocky subtle air about him like "Duh, of
course the The Kiss by Auguste Rodin was in reference to Dante's
A: Trebek is really intelligent in general, but even more so due
to osmosis. The questions are never repeated verbatim on the show,
but the same subject matter comes up quite often, so over the 26+
years of hosting the show, he has amassed a huge amount of knowledge
on the subject matter of the questions. So he will know about 80%+
of the answers.
Q:This New Yorker article suggests Trebek gets a lot of undeserved
disrespect, like when no one invited him to the softball game against
Wheel of Fortune. Did you see any of this first-hand? He seems nice,
smart, perhaps elite, but not arrogant. Why are people so dismissive
A: Trebek has a persona that he has to keep up. People assume he
is a certain way and want him to be that way in real life, so he
is nice enough to oblige. But apart from that image he is nice and
smart and a normal guy. He drives around in a dodge dakota and likes
working around his house. If anything he's a bit reserved and keeps
to himself about his personal life and doesnt live a flashly life.
He isnt arrogant but he plays the bit for the audience and viewers.
I know you said that if he messes up a question he just "rereads
it", but what if he reads the wrong question? If there are 2
questions left up there in a category, and he reads the wrong one,
does he just play it off like it was a usual mistake and just have
to deal with the contestants knowing the first 2-3 words of the following
Same with the daily double, ever see him prematurely announce it?
He seems like a goddamn pro, so I don't know if you yourself have
seen it, but my father and I always wonder how many of the more
gross mistakes are edited out.
A: Depends, if he only reads like the first word or two, either he
will catch himself or the judges will yell out to stop. If he didnt
get much into the question, we will just cover up the clue again
until its legitmately called and continue on with the correct one.
If he read too much of it, there will be a break in taping, the clue
will be thrown out and replaced with a new one.
Q: Any insight on why Alex gave up his killer stash about 9 years
A: With the decline of burt reynolds career, more celebrities were
trying to distance themselves from him and retain their stock in
the celebrity market. Thus, the stache must go. hmm.. that sounds
Q: is trebek a genius or is he being fed information through an ear
piece? every now and then he contributes a side fact to the clue,
sometimes referring to a relatively unrelated wrong answer...are
those predicted wrong answers with pre set facts? does he have someone
scanning wiki and sending him info? or does he actually know everything
on the show?
A: He has an earpiece but its really only used so he can hear the
contestants and himself better. No clue information is sent to him,
usually just technical cues and what not. But the little tidbits
of info he gives is usually something that he knew about it, or might
have done a little research on the question when he was reviewing
it earlier. He really enjoys knowledge.
Q: If you had to compare the scent of Alex Trebek to any major spice,
what spice would you choose?
A: Is unicorn horn ground into a powder considered a spice?
Q: I heard Trebek is kind of a dick.
A: Probably from someone who doesnt know him that well. He is very
sarcastic and dry witted and a lot of people dont understand that
kind of humor. He plays to what people expect alex trebek to be,
but in real life he's not that person. I mean he's not mr rogers
or anything, but hes not a stuck up elitist either.
Q: My aunt's friend was on the show and she said Trebek was a bit
of a misogynist (making snide comments to women contestants and such).
Did you ever notice anything like this?
A: Its all an act. He plays the part of the Alex Trebek that people
expect. He also jokes around about always being drunk, but he doesnt
drink anymore besides the occasional glass of wine. So yeah, he jokes
about being a womanizer also even though hes happily married with
two children. He's very sarcastic and that gets lost on a lot of
Q: How does Alex know the correct pronunciation of exotic answers?
Does he have a coach? Does he practice them all before the show?
A: No coach. He is just very good with languages, and he also will
reference a dictionary if needed for correct pronunciations.
Q: Is it true that alex trebek is a huuuuge fucking douchebag?
Especially on commercials?
A: No. I answer this a couple times throughout the AMA. During commercial
breaks he actually is pretty funny.. unless you dont understand sarcasm.
Then he might come off as a douchebag.
Q: Any idea of Trebek's religious or political views?
A: Actually he really didnt talk about it, id assume he falls near
the middle politically and as far as religious.. he never mentions
Q: I always imagined Alex as a well hung man. Is he pack'n?
A: was the pope born in bavaria?