Jeopardy! has no shortage of questions and answers that can make one feel like a scholar on any given night.
It’s place where trivia, pop culture, and humor can intersect, turning the show into a destination for education and entertainment. And Alex Trebek is part of the fabric that makes Jeopardy! so special to fans.
Known for delivering clues with a serious tone, Trebek sometimes surprises viewers when he adds an extra sprinkle of animation and swag. He did it during a recent episode that included a question about Megan Thee Stallion.
Alex Trebek gets ‘Savage’ for Megan Thee Stallion
It’s only appropriate that one of the coolest game show hosts on TV cites one of the hottest rappers in the game. In the Oct. 15 episode of Jeopardy!, Trebek rapped a $1,000 clue in the “”On the Billboard Charts in 2020” category.
With his signature Trebek rhythm, he read off the answer: “Classy, bougie, ratchet” and “Sassy, moody, nasty says this number 1 hit by Megan Thee Stallion.” Contestant Daniel Lee didn’t phrase his response correctly at first but quickly got it together and uttered the rapper’s name.
It’s not the first time Trebek rapped lyrics on the show
Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo are repeat subjects on Jeopardy!, with “Savage” being one of the most recent clues. However, the show has an extensive track record of including hip-hop as a topic on its game board.
Fans have seen Trebek drop lyrical clues from artists such as Drake, Migos, Desiigner, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. In many instances, he goes viral for it and doesn’t even realize it. In 2017, Jeopardy! writer Billy Wisse revealed how they come up with rap-related clues.
He told SPIN magazine they dig into the hip-hop bag sparingly because they don’t want to deviate from Trebek’s tone too much or milk the attention. But Wisse said they do like to have fun and it’s inevitable they’ll come across major music names in the news.
“If your default screen is Yahoo! News, you go to your computer and there’s, like, seven headlines, you kind of can’t help seeing these names,” he explained.
“So, you almost almost have to make an effort to avoid pop culture. And we’re all curious by nature, I think, so we try to stay curious. When we start hearing a name a lot, we’re like, ‘Oh, who is this Frank Ocean’ It’s very easy to go to YouTube and just watch a couple of videos.”
Does Alex Trebek actually listen to rap music?
While Trebek’s mastery of the lyrics proves to fans that he has a natural knack, hip-hop is not his genre of choice. Wisse said Trebek prefers Frank Sinatra and music from that era.
However, viewers can expect to see more rapping from the beloved host as an occasional surprise.