‘Jeopardy!’: Alex Trebek Opened Up on His and Pat Sajak’s Friendship, Explained Why They Never ‘Socialized’

by Halle Ames

Since Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak are both legendary game show hosts, you would think they have a lot in common, but Trebek once explained why this wasn’t the case.

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak and Jeopardy host Alex Trebek have both dominated the podium for over three decades. Although Trebek died in November from cancer, he hosted Jeopardy for more than 36 years. Sajak has been working for his respective show for nearly 39 years.

However, in 2011, the two icons came together for the Daytime Emmy Awards, something both men often competed for an award at. On Episode 2.89 of WE LOVE SOAPS TV, Alex Trebek, and Pat Sajak were asked about their odd friendship.

Pat Sajak quickly avoids the question, telling Trebek, “you take that one.”

“People ask if we socialize. We don’t,” reveals Alex Trebek. “Pat spends half of his time living on the East Coast, and I live out here, and we’re friends, but we do not socialize. In fact, there are very few game show hosts that I know that socialize with other game show hosts. It’s not that we don’t like each other, you know, I’m friends, and I socialize with Peter Marshall, but Peter hasn’t hosted a program in years and years and years, but yeah. I respect Pat’s works– the quality of his work, and we are friends. I respect his humor. He’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever encountered, and I always feel a little intimidated by that, but hey.”

“Well, he should be,” laughs Sajak. “I did it again. I did it again.”

Alex Trebek Opens Up on Differing Political Beliefs

However, in a 2018 interview with Vulture, Alex Trebek dives a little deeper into the two’s different political beliefs.

“There was a report that came out once about Pat and me being ultraconservatives,” explains Alex Trebek. “I said, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Pat’s a Republican. I’m an independent.” I’m not ultraconservative. I’m not ultraliberal either. I told Sean Hannity once: “I’m a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I want to help people, but I’m not necessarily eager to pay for it.” He [Hannity] got really pissed at me for that. It was as if I had said something that goes against everything he believes. There are people with entrenched points of view. We keep talking about compromise, but people don’t want to compromise.”

Despite their differing beliefs, Trebek said they were still friends.

“Look, we’re friends, but we don’t socialize. We’ve never discussed politics. I know where he stands. I don’t think he knows where I stand…We game-show hosts are in the same business, but we all handle our jobs differently.”

After Trebek’s unfortunate death in 2020, Pat Sajak posted a tribute to his friend on social media. Sajak noted that Alex Trebek had “courage, grace and strength” while also “inspiring millions and awed those of us who knew him.”