‘Jeopardy!’: Alex Trebek Hilariously Addressed the ‘Message’ of Not Getting Nominated for Best Game Show Host in 2011

by Halle Ames

Alex Trebek hilariously addressed the underlying meaning behind not being nominated for Best Game Show Host in 2011.

Alex Trebek was a beloved icon on Jeopardy! for more than 36 years. With so many loving fans, it isn’t a shock that the host was so decorated.

According to IMDb, Trebek was nominated for 37 awards and won 15 of them from 1985 until his death in November of 2020. Some of the most notable are the Career Achievement Award and the Academy Icon Award in 2020.

However, 2011 was the first year since 1985 that Alex Trebek wasn’t nominated for the Outstanding Game Show Host award. He wasn’t elected again until 2013.

Although in 2011, Alex Trebek was up for the Lifetime Achievement Award, which he won. So I guess it’s a give-and-take situation.

Alex Trebek Notes Major Milestone

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak joins the Jeopardy! host for an interview with We Love Soaps TV at the Daytime Emmys the same year. Alex Trebek jokes that the award aligns with another major milestone and what that might mean.

“Well, it’s something very special, as I mentioned on stage,” explains Trebek. “The fact that it coincides with my 50th year of hosting TV shows is very important to me, and that’s symbolic. Maybe they want me to pack it up. I don’t know.”

Trebek wasn’t the only host to clean up at the award show, however. Pat Sajak also won the same major award but was stiffed for the Best Game Show Host title.

“Interesting that we both get these Lifetime Achievement Awards today, and neither one of us was nominated as Best Game Show Host this year,” notes Alex Trebek. “So, there may be a message there, believe me.”

The interviewer asked Sajak what this prestigious honor meant to him. He gives the award a hilarious new name.

“Well, yeah, it’s hard to talk about without talking in cliches, but it is a great honor,” said Sajak. “You know, it means you’ve been successful for a long time at doing something. And it beats the– you, know they changed the name of the award a couple of years ago, and it’s a little more desirable. It used to be called, “I can’t believe you’ve worked all these years and are still alive.” So it just didn’t look good on the engraver.”

I don’t know. I think it may stick? It has a nice ring to it.

Future Accomplishments

As for titles they hope to acquire or accomplice in the future, Pat Sajak said he feels like he has already succeeded.

“Well, I mean in this business, no,” states Sajak. “You know, when I got started, I just wanted to be successful in radio or television. I think if I were the morning DJ in Cleveland, I’d be a happy guy. It’s worked out even better than I’d hoped, so as far as this business is concerned, this is my last and big hurrah, and what a great thing to have- a show that’s become a touchstone to so many people.”

Alex Trebek, though, had a hilarious answer to the same question.

“I think it would be really nice if Pat and I were asked to sing and dance and host the Daytime Emmys. We’ll work on it. Look at him,” Alex Trebek laughs as he looks at Sajak. “He’s scared to death.”

We would pay big bucks to have seen that happen!

Unfortunately, Alex Trebek died in November after an 18-month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. He was 80 at the time.