Alex Trebek Reveals His Ultimate 'Jeopardy!' Pet Peeve


Famed “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is one of television’s best known and favorite game show personalities.

Trebek has been hosting the show for over 30 years, the steady captain aboard a ship full of trivia nerds.

He brings calm and order to the fast-paced trivia game, often dropping neatly-timed jokes for some much-needed comic relief when contestants get tense.

Trebek hinted at retirement when his contract ends in 2020, giving us fans just a little more time to soak up “Jeopardy!” as we now know it.


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After decades of hosting the same show over and over again, its only natural that Trebek would find some things to be annoying.

Though he is good at keeping an unassuming poker face, Trebek recently revealed to Vulture that he does have a major “Jeopardy!” pet peeve.

“What bothers me is when contestants jump all over the board even after the Daily Doubles have been dealt with,” Trebek said. “Why are they doing that? They’re doing themselves a disservice.”

Some contestants believe that jumping around the board is the best strategy because it doesn’t allow their opponents a chance to really settle their minds into a specific category.


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The strategy has been used by some of Jeopardy’s champions, like Arthur Chu, Buzzy Cohen, and Austin Rogers.

But Trebek finds the disordered choices to be not only annoying, but also detrimental to contestants.

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“When the show’s writers construct categories, they do it so that there’s a flow in terms of difficulty,” Trebek explained, “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,” he said.

So now we know — the next time a contestant is hopping around the board at random, there’s a good chance Trebek is hiding an eye roll behind his stoic demeanor.

Now, audiences can enjoy knowing that Trebek is silently stewing, which will probably create an even more endearing bond between the legendary host and his fans.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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