‘Jeopardy!’: Alex Trebek Detailed His ‘Senior Moments,’ How He Made Mistakes ‘All the Time’

by Quentin Blount

Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is a man that many people across the United States grew up watching on television.

Trebek, of course, was the Emmy-winning Jeopardy! host for 37 seasons. He hosted from the show’s revival in 1984 until his death in 2020. And while he is certainly best-remembered as a Jeopardy! icon, he also hosted a slew of other shows. Some of those include The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth.

After watching the beloved game show host over the years, it is a fair assessment to think that Alex Trebek was nearly a perfect individual. However, as time went on, he explained that he started to have “senior moments” while hosting the show. Trebek opened up about those moments in an interview with TIME Magazine back in 2009.

“Oh, I make blunders all the time,” Trebek admitted. “I have what I call ‘senior moments.'”

As proof of that claim, the Jeopardy! star dove into just how things had changed from his earlier days as the game show’s host.

“I have a story that I tell also. When I began on ‘Jeopardy!’ I was much younger, of course. I was in my 40s and I never made mistakes,” Trebek explained. “Then after a few years, I would catch myself just as soon as I was about to misspeak and make a mistake. Then I caught myself just after I had made a mistake.”

“Now, I am at an age where I don’t even know when I make a mistake,” he continued. “I have to be told by members of the production staff, ‘Alex, we have to ask you to re-read that clue. Why? Because you said 1743 instead of 1473. Oh, I did?’ Yeah.’ I don’t even notice when I make mistakes anymore.”

Buzzy Cohen Calls Alex Trebek His ‘North Star’ During ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions

Jeopardy! is much, much more than just a game. For many, the show brings together families. It is a lifestyle, a way of life. That was especially the case for the late Alex Trebek and it seems to be the case for Buzzy Cohen as well. Cohen made his official hosting debut on Monday night during the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.

Cohen recently sat down for an interview with The View in which he talked about his relationship with the longtime host.

“What we loved about him is that he was so committed to the contestants, the clues, and to the show,” Cohen says. “That really continues to be my north star as I got ready to be the host, prepared, and thought about how I wanted to be. I can’t be Alex Trebek, but I can be Buzzy the host as best as I can be.”