In November 2019 Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek witnessed an internet-breaking moment on the show that he has hosted for 35 years. Instead of answering the question put to him, you see, one contestant instead wrote a message for Trebek on his board. And upon seeing it, Trebek was almost brought to tears. Yet it wasn’t just the contestant who believed in the note he had written – all the show’s viewers stood behind it too.
To grasp the full power of the contestant’s message, however, you need first to understand Trebek’s history. As mentioned, Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy! ever since 1984, when he took over presenting duties from his friend Art Fleming. The game show’s rules are simple: contestants compete to solve problems, and their answers must be in the form of questions. Yet Jeopardy! has proved to be so popular that it’s won no less than 33 Daytime Emmys.