Alex Trebek is not dead, did not rap

Jeopardy! (Photo:
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Twitter had a mini-freakout Monday when Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!, became a trending topic. Did he die? Was it another twitter death hoax? No, he was allegedly rapping.

Some context. One of the categories in Double Jeopardy was titled “It’s a Rap”, which was mostly naming the artist from some provided lyrics. Alex read the clues the way he reads just about any quoted statement: no added inflection, no phat beats, and most certainly no spitting rhymes. We can be thankful that none of the clues in question had a French or French-Canadian origin, sparing us an appearance of Alec Trébeque.

Why the internet went into a tizzy about this I do not know. What the internet should have clutched its pearls over was how ridiculously easy the clues in this category were. For example:


“I made the change from a common thief / to up close and personal with Robin Leach”, rapped this “Notorious” guy

or, for $1600:

In “Nuthin’ But a G Thang”, this “Doctor” rapped, “Never let me slip, ’cause if I slip, then I’m slippin'”

Granted, Jeopardy does a lot of telegraphing correct responses from the clues given, but you never get this degree of hintsy when the category is opera or art history. We didn’t see the $2000 clue, but I’m guessing it went something like this:

Snoop Lion used-izzle to-izzle go-izzle by-izzle this-izzle Snoop name-izzle.

Not cool, show.

Edited to add: Just after this post went live, this happened:


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