Alex Trebek, known in some corners of the Internet as television’s smuggest bastard, sure puts on an air of omniscience when he hosts Jeopardy–like he somehow doesn’t need cue cards to know the answer to every trivia question ever devised. But Eddie Scarry over at our sister site FishbowlDC says things are a little different when you go to a Jeopardy taping in person. Scarry sat in the audience for the show’s “Teen Tournament” today and saw Trebek screw up badly–giving away the answer before any of the contestants had the chance to answer.
“Oh!” Trebek yelled when he realized he had given away the answer (Bethlehem). He joked that he hadn’t made a mistake like that in “a really long time.” Trebek stumbled to get back on track before the show’s producer stopped the recording. The “Jeopardy” crew took about 10 minutes figure out how to edit the flub out then picked back up.
You won’t see the mistake when the show airs later this summer…
We might not see it, but we sure will think about it next time Trebek put his smug bastard pants on.