Say it ain’t so!
In a series of newly Sony hacked emails, Alex Trebek, 74, revealed he thought about leaving his hosting gig on Jeopardy!
During the show’s “Kid’s Week,” which took place from Dec. 1 – 5, Alex allegedly gave a young contestant a cold dismissal from the hit quiz show when she ended up $1,400 in debt at the end of the program’s Dec. 3 taping.
Though the host followed the show’s standard protocol of informing a contestant of their ineligibility to continue in the competition, network executives reportedly thought the star did not make enough of an effort to make the failed competitor feel better.
“If I’m making mistakes and saying things you don’t like, maybe it’s time for me to move on,” Alex wrote in an email to the ‘Jeopardy!’ producers. “It’s not a threat, but I want to let you know how I’m feeling.”
In fact, the host — who first joined ‘Jeopardy!’ in 1984 — was asked to re-tape the contestant’s dismissal after the third place finisher “was visibly upset” and ran backstage, the emails reveal.
It didn’t exactly sit well with the TV veteran.
“If you all think I should re-tape the opening, I will,” Alex shot back in another message. “But I want to say that for 30 years I’ve defended our show against attacks inside and out. But it doesn’t seem to operate both ways. When I’m vilified, corporate (and certainly legal) always seems to say ‘don’t say anything and it’ll blow over,’ and I’m not feeling support from the producers, and that disappoints the s—t out of me.”
“Alex’s intentions were good,” a producer wrote in an email, but they chose to film the segment again, “to appease an upset mother who could start another feeding frenzy about Alex’s perceived insensitivity.”
‘Radar Online’ first reported this news.