The #MeToo movement has another critic in “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek (pictured above right).
“You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings,” Trebek told Vulture in an interview published on Monday.
“I said, ‘My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men.’ I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually. I said, ‘But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.’ There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone.”
Trebek recently renewed his hosting contract with “Jeopardy” and said his experience with audience criticism partly informs his thoughts on the reactionary nature of the #MeToo movement.
“I’ve been criticized for treating women more harshly than men. I’ve also been criticized for treating women better than men,” he said.
“In fact, I remember looking in a stack of letters once and finding two: One said, ‘Boy, you fawn over women [contestants] and try to help them out.’ And the other was, ‘Boy, you’re mean to women.”
The “Jeopardy” host continued, “A viewer’s reaction is dependent on [his or her] biases in everyday life. If they think that women are put upon unfairly, they’re going to watch the program and if they see anything that they believe satisfies their bias, it becomes their reality: ‘I always suspected you were nasty and now you’ve confirmed it!’ But one reason why a host can succeed for a long time is by not offending [people]. You saw it with Johnny Carson. He was bright enough to cover almost any potentially offensive moment with his wit.”
“That’s one of the things, unfortunately, that we lack in politics today,” he added. “There isn’t enough humor.”
Because of his recent contract renewal, the 78-year-old Trebek will now be hosting “Jeopardy” through 2022. He has hosted the game show since 1984.
He had previously said on Fox News’ “Objectified,” hosted by TMZ founder Harvey Levin, over the summer that he was actually considering leaving “Jeopardy” after 2020 — which is when his contract originally ended.
Whatever his reason wound up being for staying and extending his contract, it’s good to see the always calm, collected and common sense-driven Trebek still leading the charge on “Jeopardy.”
Trebek has also hosted a number of other game shows in his career such as “The Wizard of Odds,” “Double Dare,” “High Rollers,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Battlestars,” and “Classic Concentration.”
Other recent celebrity critics of the #MeToo movement include people like “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson.