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Alex Trebek Literally Gets Booed as Debate Moderator

One Pennsylvania newspaper says he turned gubernatorial debate into 'dumpster fire'

(Newser) - It may not be clear who won Monday's debate between Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and his Republican challenger, Scott Wagner. But one thing seems clear based on Tuesday morning's reaction: Moderator Alex Trebek lost. Yes, the Jeopardy! host took on that unusual duty, and the reviews have not... More »

Audience Member on Jeopardy! Gives Winning Answer

Her boyfriend was a contestant, and he had a big question for her: a marriage proposal

(Newser) - It usually takes contestants on Jeopardy! a second or two to come up with questions, but an audience member on Thursday night's episode had an instantaneous answer for one query, USA Today reports. That person was Maria Shafer, whose boyfriend, contestant Michael Pascuzzi, was being introduced by host Alex... More »

Jeopardy Contestants Apparently Don't Play Video Games

They really struggled with this category

(Newser) - It was the end of a round of Jeopardy and none of the questions in the "Video Games" category had been attempted. When the contestants had no other choice than to give those questions a try, the reason why became clear. In what GameSpot calls a "cringe-worthy" and... More »

7-Time 'Jeopardy!' Winner Faces Prison Time

Stephanie Jass taught history at a small Michigan college when she sneaked into co-workers' emails

(Newser) - A seven-time 'Jeopardy!' winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students. Per the AP , Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in... More »

Jeopardy! Football Questions Did Not Go Well

All five met with silence

(Newser) - It's Super Bowl week, no better time for Jeopardy! to roll out questions under the category of "Talkin' Football." Based on Thursday's show, however, Alex Trebek and company might not try it again. All three contestants displayed comic ineptness, which had the host delivering some "... More »

Jeopardy! on Hold After Trebek Has Brain Surgery

Host is recuperating from procedure in December

(Newser) - Alex Trebek has a "slight medical problem," in his words—but it's serious enough that Jeopardy! is now on hiatus. NBC News reports the 77-year-old game show host underwent brain surgery to remove blood clots on Dec. 16 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is now... More »

Guy Loses $3.2K on Jeopardy Over 'Gangsta' Pronunciation

Nick Spicher went on to win anyway

(Newser) - A tip for future Jeopardy contestants: Pronunciation is key. So Nick Spicher learned on Monday's episode when he was penalized $3,200 for mispronouncing the answer to a "Before & After" clue. After Alex Trebek read out "a song by Coolio from 'Dangerous Minds' goes back... More »

Viral Jeopardy! Champ Is Weird, Wacky, and a Big Winner

You can't miss Austin Rogers if you stumble on the show

(Newser) - Austin Rogers may not stand out at a hipster watering hole in New York City, but as a Jeopardy! contestant, he's not exactly your run-of-the-mill contender. "He's got hair, he's got chutzpah, and broad-based knowledge," says show host Alex Trebek of Rogers in one video... More »

Jeopardy Contestant Who Died Before Show Aired Ends Epic Run

Cindy Stowell made it to 6 games, collected more than $100K

(Newser) - In the 13 years since Jeopardy ditched its five-game limit, 38 contestants have made it to six games or more—and one of them did so while fighting terminal cancer. Cindy Stowell, who died of colon cancer before her episodes aired , finished as a six-day champion in the episode that... More »

Jeopardy! Contestant Who Died Before Air Is Crushing It

Cindy Stowell has so far won more than $62,000 for cancer charities

(Newser) - Not only did Cindy Stowell accomplish her lifelong dream of competing on Jeopardy! shortly before her death , but she's currently crushing it on the show. CNN reports the Texas woman won her fourth consecutive game in the episode that aired Friday, bringing her total prize money to $62,001.... More »

Jeopardy Contestant Dies Before Episode Airs

It was Texan's lifelong dream to appear on show

(Newser) - Next Tuesday's Jeopardy will feature a contestant whose lifelong dream was to appear on the show—but who didn't live long enough to see herself on TV. Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas, was diagnosed with cancer between passing the online contestant test and being... More »

Louis CK's Jeopardy! Win Elevates Obscure Charity

Comedian donates $50K to Fistula Foundation

(Newser) - A little-known women's charity based in California had a welcome problem this week: The website of the Fistula Foundation crashed because of an influx of visitors, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . The reason? Louis CK played on behalf of the group in a celebrity Jeopardy! match that aired Wednesday... More »

Jeopardy! Eligibility Change a Little Awkward for Trebek

Online privacy laws may be to blame

(Newser) - Residents of this North American country can no longer compete on Jeopardy! What is Canada? The TV game show's eligibility guidelines now single out Canadians, saying that "at this time we are precluded from accepting registration information from Canadian residents. We are currently evaluating this matter." The... More »

The Downside of Being a Woman on Jeopardy!

In short: the male fans on social media

(Newser) - Jeopardy! may not strike you as the sort of game show that would attract the trolls of the Internet, but a first-person piece at Broadly by a former female contestant is proof enough. Talia Lavin appeared on a show that aired in September, and while she didn't win, she... More »

Jeopardy!' Rarity: Final Question Wipes Out All 3

See if you can answer

(Newser) - Can you answer the question that not only stumped all three Jeopardy! contestants Monday night but resulted in the rarity of having no winner? Here it is, per Fox : "A 1957 event led to the creation of a national historic site in this city, signed into law by a... More »

Alex Trebek Gets Pranked on Jeopardy!

He says 'Turd Ferguson,' just like Will Ferrell's Trebek

(Newser) - Alex Trebek got pranked pretty good on yesterday's Jeopardy!. Contestant Talia couldn't solve the final clue, Entertainment Weekly reports, so instead of making a real guess, she wrote: "What is the love ballad of Turd Ferguson. P.S. Hi Mom" as her answer (er, question). Of course,... More »

Here's the Loneliest Final Jeopardy! Round Ever

Kristin Sausville squares off against ... Kristin Sausville

(Newser) - Alex Trebek handled one of the weirder Jeopardy! episodes ever with typical Alex Trebek aplomb. During the game that aired last night, the "categories were challenging and the answers were killer," People notes. So challenging that two of the three contestants ended up with negative scores by the... More »

Trebek Almost Quit—Over Whiny Kid's Stage Mom

'Jeopardy' host unhappy when producers didn't support him, leaked emails reveal

(Newser) - Alex Trebek almost walked away from his three-decade-long gig hosting Jeopardy!—and all because of a whiny Jeopardy! Kids contestant, according to newly leaked emails from the Sony hack obtained by Radar . The little girl was upset when she was eliminated from the game before "Final Jeopardy" and... More »

Alex Trebek Scores Hosting World Record

He's led more than 6K shows over 30 years

(Newser) - Since 1984, Alex Trebek has hosted 6,829 episodes of Jeopardy!, and that's a record. As of last night, he holds the Guinness World Record for "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter," the Hollywood Reporter notes. He's been the host of the show... More »

Meet Jeopardy!'s Winningest Woman

Julia Collins goes for 18th consecutive win on show airing today

(Newser) - Answer: She predicted in her eighth grade yearbook that she would someday be a Jeopardy! champion. Question: Who is Julia Collins? Collins, a 31-year-old resident of the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, has made good on her prediction, and then some. On the episode that aired yesterday, she became the third... More »

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