come up with the same budget that Hollywood Squares had, so we had only six celebrities instead of nine. But it was an ideal show because you asked a question, and the celebrity gave you a funny answer, and you reacted and laughed. So you got credit for having a fun show even though that absolutely I mean, what a great way to make a living. Hey, you tell a joke and I laugh. Give me the check, please. Thank you very much when you first started Jeopardy and you have been part of a lot of game shows, and I don't know what it does to your ego. If those game shows don't succeed and then you get jeopardy. Well, I was lucky with some of the other game shows. The first game show I did in the United States was Wizard of Odds in 1973. It was canceled on a Friday, and I was disappointed, of course, and it was replaced the following Monday by a show called High Rollers, which I also hosted, and later on high rollers. After 2.5 years, it was canceled and it was replaced by another show, which I hosted, so I have the either great honored or dubious honor of having replaced myself on three different occasions. I also have the honor of having hosted three different game shows at one time. Classic concentration, Jeopardy and a show that I tell audiences was one of my favorites because for the first time in 50 years as a broadcaster, I got to sit down as the host, and that was to tell the truth. But it was fun. You don't you don't sit down on jeopardy. Well, now I do. Since I blew out my Achilles tendon a couple of years ago and injured my left foot by dropping a jackhammer on it, Uh, and not being able to walk too well and stand for long periods of time. Do you have a jackhammer? I was We had a water leak at the house and I finally figured out where it was, and it was under a concrete part of the patio, so I drilled it out and found it. Don't you have people to do this for you? Well, yes, but I like to do things myself. And unfortunately, um, some mechanical things, ladders in particular have it in for me. They will abandon me at the weirdest moments. And one ladder when I was working on the roof decided it was going to slip out from under me and I hit the brick patio and I lay there for a few moments and you guys were talking about it, or at least at least alluding to it earlier. As to how bright I am. Well, I'll show you how bright I am When I hit that deck, I lay there for a moment and I said, Don't move your hurt. You are very, very sharp. But you play trivial pursuit. No, I don't what I haven't in years, okay, for game breaks out, you would walk like you're supposed to know everything supposed to. But I'm at that wonderful age now where I can say I knew that, but I've for gotten it. You see, I knew it, but I have for gotten How would you do on jeopardy against my peers? Probably very well. But as I tell our audience is, a good 30 year old would clean my clock any day of the week. There faster, they can recall the stuff mawr there faster on ringing in with the signaling device. So they're gonna beat me in that area. I mean, there are days when I have trouble remembering what I have last night. So trying to recall all this arcane information is not easy. What role does sports play has it played on jeopardy? Uh, probably less than it plays in society. In general, we tend to we feature it from time to time, but not as much as you would encounter in everyday life. Where people enjoy talking about sports because they have a vested interest, they have a favorite team. So if I said dream category sports related, what would it be? Oh, gosh for my myself. Uh, I don't know N b a basketball, maybe, but I'm not as big a sports fan as I used to be. Uh, however, having said that this year, I've suddenly become a baseball fan because of the success of the Dodgers and the Angels, two teams that have come alive. I mean there at the very top of their leagues, and they provide exciting entertainment. It's fun to watch, and that's really what sports is all about. Your Laker fan. I have been a Lakers fan and I will not abandon them, even though they have fallen on hard times and will probably remain, uh, in hard times for a while. Where do you sit at Laker games? I attend one Laker game a year, and it is in the Sony seat under the backboard. So you're not over by Jack Nicholson? No, he's to my right. He would be where the posse is here. And I envy you so much. You have your posse and you arrive in a helicopter I've got and I don't mean this with any disrespect. I've got Johnny Gilbert. You know, I don't even have Vanna you've got You've got four guys and a helicopter. I drive in. There's one similarity between your set up in mine. I drive to work in a Dodge Ram pickup truck. People go out and said, Where's your car? They're looking for a rolls or a Bentley or pat stage. Pat Sajak has a four door Porsche. When he pulls out of the driveway, it's like a jet taking off. He's got four mufflers, and here I go with my 1500 Dodge ramp. But I've got a Hemi. Yeah, so I like that. Yeah, I brought you a present. But you did. Yes. This is a Crayola and people to attend our tapings. When we do jeopardy. Say, Alex, what do you keep writing down? I say I'm not writing anything. I'm crossing off the clues as I read them, so that I do not in error. Read that same clue again. Because as you'll discover when you do Sports Jeopardy, some of your contestants are gonna want to jump around the board. They're not going to take the category in order. And if you haven't crossed off the clues, you might very easily read the same clue again. So I want to protect you from that mistake. That's a That's a very expensive guess. That's 29 cents in California. I don't know what it is here. I think it's 14 50 in New York. I think you're passing the torch is what you just did sports wants. No, I have one more left. You dio they look after me. They give me to a year now they You can't hear it either. No, but that was the problem. Initially, I used to use a pen, a Sharpie and people say we're picking it up on the microphone. So they came up with Crayola. Handsome, brilliant people there. Uh, has there been an incident in the studio Sports Jeopardy like contestant, angry or any? Any friction in? They're not really. In the early stages, when I was producing the show and looking at all of 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, ah, 100 page letter contesting it. A manifesto? Yeah, and I wrote him back and I explained the reasons for our judgment call. And he wrote back 17 more pages on S O. I never heard from him after that, but I talked to Merv Griffin about that once, and he said, Alex, uh, let me tell you how I handle the mail. And he picked up a letter and he crumbled it put it in the waste basket. 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 our staff that deal with problems You guys were wrong or don what? We weren't so they'll handle it. You do have a kind of a bedside manner when you tell somebody that they're wrong. Well, I want to appear to our viewing audience as a good guy. And I think when you're the host, it behooves you to do that. Eso of one of my guys made a mistake on on an answer. So So what if you were such a there that Z if you were gonna be the mean Alex Trebek, like, if if you were gonna be a different Alex Trebek and these guys had the wrong answer, how would you respond? Who is George Washington? You're not serious. Really? Did you not get past fourth grade like, did you not make it raid six? You remember your grade sixth graduation? You got your driver's license that year, remember? Wow, you kind of, um didn't you finally got it? You school e Didn't you do? I kind of got, uh, not prickly, but you had a hockey question and they answered Magic Johnson and you being a hockey fan and a basketball family But sometimes the responses, as you indicated in your last segment, the responses air so far out of line that it's almost begging you toe for the put down the Onley. Let's see, I'm just trying to recall the only time that I can recall that I deliberately did a put down Waas for Lynn Redgrave in a Celebrity Jeopardy thing and she was not doing well and said, Oh, my signaling. The device is not working very well and I looked at her and I said, It's not your signaling device on I And to tell you the truth, I regretted saying that afterwards because hey, come on, you're the host of the show. You're here every day. Your job is to run the game, Help the contestants do their very best. It's like the military commercials be all you can be. That's my job as the host. So if I'm nasty, the audience will not like that. They will think, Oh, he's being a smart ass. He's being this. He's being that we don't want him anymore, and I want them to want me. Well, we want you to stay for one more segment, if you can, can you. I'll have to say more words. Yes, you will. Okay. All right. Well, I want to ask you about the cheers episode. Few other things Were you in? White men can't jump. You've been in a few. You've had some campus you're playing yourself to, which sometimes it's very difficult to dio. Well, not for me, because it requires very little effort on my part and also just a modicum of drugs.