Helicopter Mom Nearly Drove Alex Trebek To Quit Jeopardy
The latest leak of emails from the giant Sony hack shows an interaction between Jeopardy host Alex Trebek and producers of the show. It seems a helicopter mom so upset over her daughter’s loss during a recent Kid’s Week taping tried to get producers to reshoot an opening segment. Trebek was not pleased. So much so, he insinuated it may be time for him to “move on.”
The first week of December, Jeopardy had a “Kids Week.” One of the young contestants ended the show with negative dollars, which meant she could not go on to Final Jeopardy. From Radar Online:
In the video that aired on Wednesday, Dec. 3, Trebek tells the contestant, who ended up $1,400 in debt, “We have bad news for you, because you’re in the negative situation, it means you won’t be around for Final Jeopardy, but you’ll automatically pick up $1000 for a third place finish.”
The girl’s mother thought Trebek’s treatment of the girl was “insensitive.” Not really sure if she expected Trebek to come out from his podium and give her daughter a hug or what, but rules are rules. Here is the interaction that transpired between the mother and producers:
“She was visibly upset” and ran backstage crying with her mother, a producer writes in the emails. The producer and her mother eventually calmed the girl and she returned to the set to watch the taping of another episode from the audience. But the mother wrote in a letter to producers that she “was quite a bit taken back” with Trebek’s reaction.
According to the mom, Trebek didn’t ever console the girl backstage. “If he had taken the time, he would have known, like you do, that my daughter is not a sore loser, and does not become emotional solely over losing a game,” the woman wrote. “She was upset about not being able to completely play the game to the end.”
“I don’t think I’ll ever forgive him for that,” the girl’s mom wrote in a letter to Jeopardy! producers.
I’m pretty sure the young girl and her mother have seen Jeopardy before, and know that if you end with negative dollars, you don’t get to “completely play the game to the end.”