‘Jeopardy!’: An Angry Contestant Once Sent in a ‘100-Page’ Letter to Alex Trebek, Show After Losing

by Halle Ames

There is angry, and then there is overkill. Alex Trebek once revealed the lengths one contestant went to vent his frustrations.

Imagine being so upset about your game show loss that you spend countless hours and days writing a 100-page letter with your grievances. And of all people, to send it to sweet old Alex Trebek!

One hundred pages. We are talking about overrrrrkill here.

In a 2014 interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Alex Trebek recalled one unsatisfied customer that went to great lengths to tell the show just what was on their mind. Personally, we would write back asking for a summary, but that’s just us.

“In the early stages, when I was producing the show and looking at all the incoming mail, we had a contestant who lost and wasn’t happy with the decision made by the judges and sent a– I think it was a one hundred page letter contesting it.”

Dan Patrick chimes in, calling the hate mail a manifesto. However, the person wasn’t done with their shenanigans just yet.

“Yeah! And I wrote him back, and I explained the reasons for our judgment call, and he wrote back seventeen more pages.”

Alex Trebek Showed Respect to Fans

Alex Trebek spoke to Merv Griffin, the creator of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, about the incident. Griffin gave the beloved host an insider tip on dealing with fan mail, regardless of the contents. Alex Trebek disagreed with the tactic, saying he wanted to be respectful to their fans.

“So, I never heard from him after that, but I talked to Merv Griffin about that once, and he said, ‘Alex, let me tell you how I handle the mail,’ and he picked up a letter and he crumbled it and put it in the wastebasket. Well, I never did that because I want to show respect for the viewers, and if they take the time to write in, I’m going to take the time to respond, but I don’t do the responding now. We have our staff that deal with problems. So they will handle all of that.”

Alex Trebek was loved by so many throughout his life and even through his death. Unfortunately, that happened in November of 2020 after an 18 month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. He appeared on set as host of Jeopardy! despite his grime diagnosis, with his last featured episode airing in January. Alex Trebek was 80 years old.