Trebek Almost Quit—Over Whiny Kid's Stage Mom

'Jeopardy' host unhappy when producers didn't support him, leaked emails reveal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2014 10:36 AM CST
Trebek Almost Quit—Over Whiny Kid's Stage Mom
In this June 19, 2011, file photo, television personality Alex Trebek arrives at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

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 ran backstage to her mother, crying. The mom later wrote to producers that she would never forgive Trebek for not bothering to console her daughter, and producers asked Trebek to re-tape the segment to appease her. Trebek did not like that, ranting to producers that he was not happy "corporate" was not supporting him. "Maybe it's time for me to move on," he wrote. "It's not a threat, but I want to let you know how I'm feeling." Click for more, including the mom's explanation for why her daughter's not a "sore loser." (More Jeopardy stories.)

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