Many people have sat in the comfort of their living rooms and absolutely killed it while watching Jeopardy!, nailing every piece of trivia. It’s a different story once you’re on camera, though.
It’s a very different story when you’re also facing an annoyed Alex Trebek. That’s what the panel in the above video learned when a contestant named Ryan hit the football section of the Jeopardy! board.
Trebek appeared patient enough as Ryan tackled each level, but by the time they’d reached the $1000 question he seemed sincerely over it.
“Let’s look at the $1000 clue just for the fun of it,” he said. The clue was given. “If you guys ring in and get this one,” Trebek said, “I will die.”
They didn’t get it.
Trebek then went to commercial with a grave, “I have to talk to them.”
It was easy to imagine Trebek’s words and tone coming from an angry principal speaking with a teacher dealing with a classroom of particularly rowdy kids.
We don’t know what Trebek said or did, but we’d understand if he just pantsed that guy and gave him a swirly for good measure.
Just kidding, Ryan. Stay away from the sports stuff next time.