New emails leaked in the Sony hacking attack reveal that beloved ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek almost resigned after an incident that occurred on the show in early December! Here’s what went down.
We’ll take shocked for 600, Alex! We can’t believe we almost lost Alex Trebek, 74, who has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984. Click through to read the emotional email in which he threatens to quit the show.
Alex Trebek Quitting ‘Jeopardy’? — New Sony Emails Reveal Host Almost Resigned
In new emails uncovered by Radar Online, Alex voices his “disappointment” over being asked to re-tape a segment after a child became “visibly upset” when the host told her she didn’t make it to the Final Jeopardy round.
The girl’s mother wrote a letter to Sony producers, saying:
“If he had taken the time, he would have known, like you do, that my daughter is not a sore loser, and does not become emotional solely over losing a game. She was upset about not being able to completely play the game to the end… I don’t think I’ll ever forgive him for that.”
One producer explained in an email why they asked Alex to re-tape the segment, saying that even though “Alex’s intentions were good,” they had to “to appease an upset mother who could start another feeding frenzy about Alex’s perceived insensitivity.”
Alex Trebek Threatens To Leave ‘Jeopardy!’
Alex was furious that producers failed to support him after the incident.
“If you all think I should retape the opening, I will,” the longtime host wrote in an email. “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 sh*t out of me.”
“If I’m making mistakes and saying things you don’t like, maybe it’s time for me to move on,” he added. “It’s not a threat, but I want to let you know how I’m feeling.”
So HollywoodLifers, are YOU relieved that Alex didn’t quit Jeopardy? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee