‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Worried He Might Win a Daytime Emmy

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, a true fan favorite, is up for a Daytime Emmy for the best game show host at the upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, airing June 26th at 8:00PM Eastern on CBS.

Alex Trebek, in 2019, winner of the  Outstanding Game Show Host award at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
Alex Trebek, in 2019, winner of the Outstanding Game Show Host award at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards | David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

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At last year’s ceremony, Trebek admits, he was nominated as well, but he worried that he might win the award.

Trebek has won 6 Daytime Emmys and is nominated again

The Jeopardy! host has been nominated a whopping 31 times, including this year’s nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host. It’s not surprising, considering the juggernaut of a game show that the quiz show has been.

This year, Trebek is up against stiff competition in the hosting category, including Wayne Brady for Let’s Make a Deal; Steve Harvey for Family Feud;
Alfonso Ribeiro for Catch 21; and, of course, Pat Sajak for Wheel of Fortune.

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With more people home during our current season of quarantining and staying in place orders, there are naturally more daytime television viewers.

“Now more than ever, daytime television provides a source of comfort and continuity made possible by these nominees’ dedicated efforts and sense of community,” said President & CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Adam Sharp. “Their commitment to excellence and demonstrated love for their audience never cease to brighten our days, and we are delighted to join with CBS in celebrating their talents.”

Trebek has been through this rodeo before, 36 times to be exact

The Canadian native has been hosting Jeopardy! for thirty-six years and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that he is equated with the program. One can’t think of Jeopardy! without also thinking of Alex Trebek.

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As an editorial in the Los Angeles Times noted, “As the human embodiment of the show, Trebek has the knack of seeming actually to know the answers and more to all the questions . . . independently of whatever information the writers have supplied him. But he never sounds superior to a player who might get something wrong.”

Simply put, Alex Trebek is Jeopardy! and whoever takes over his hosting duties, whenever Trebek decides he’s ready to retire, will have enormous shoes to fill.

Alex Trebek admits he was worried about winning a Daytime Emmy last year

The 79-year-old host, as is widely known, was diagnosed in 2019 with advanced pancreatic cancer. Trebek announced this difficult news shortly before the Daytime Emmy awards that year and was concerned about being given a sympathy award. He didn’t want to be pitied or to have a more deserving candidate lose because others felt sorry for him.

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“I was concerned that sympathy might play a big role,” he said in accepting his 2019 Outstanding Game Show Host award. “I’m not a fan of sympathy votes, because I believe you should be judged on the merits of your work.”

“However, I started thinking back to last year. I had just had major surgery to remove two life-threatening blood clots on my brain. I think that would have earned me a certain amount of sympathy, but I didn’t win. So maybe I’ve been worrying about the wrong thing.”

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