Trebek’s trustworthy tenure
After 35 years, it’s hard to imagine anyone hosting Jeopardy! besides Alex Trebek, said David Marchese in New York magazine. That’s partly why fans freaked out earlier this year when the 78-year-old Trebek floated the idea of retiring in 2020. He now says he’ll leave the trivia show only when he isn’t physically or mentally up for it. He began to notice that “instead of saying ‘1492’ I’ll say ‘1942,’” Trebek says. “I love doing crossword puzzles, and recently I’d be looking at a clue, it’d be 23 across, and I’d be trying to fit the answer into 26 across.” He got tested for Alzheimer’s disease and was told, “No need to worry.’” Trebek’s long run on the show doesn’t mean the job is without controversy. “I’ve been criticized for treating women more harshly than men,” Trebek says. “I’ve also been criticized for treating women better than men. In fact, I remember looking in a stack of letters and finding two: One said, ‘Boy, you fawn over women [contestants] and try to help them out.’ And the other was, ‘Boy, you’re mean to women.’” Reader’s Digest publishes a list of the most trusted people in the U.S., and Trebek noted that “I dropped in somewhere in the top 10.” He now ranks No. 8, between Bill and Melinda Gates.