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SNL 40 Highlight: Will Ferrell Returns As Alex Trebek In A Classic New 'Jeopardy' Spoof

2/16/2015 5:26pm EST
Will Ferrell
Saturday Night Live pulled out all the stops for its 40th Anniversary Special on Sunday night, bringing back dozens of past cast members, hosts and musical acts.

Several classic recurring skits from the show were brought back, including Celebrity Jeopardy, which was one of the night's biggest highlights. Will Ferrell reprised his role as game show host Alex Trebek, while Darrell Hammond and Norm MacDonald returned with their legendary impressions of Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds, aka "Turd Ferguson."

Related: 10 Best Moments Of The 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

The classic trio was joi...

Alex Trebek Nearly Quit Jeopardy

12/17/2014 4:30pm EST
Alex Trebek Nearly Quit Jeopardy As Revealed By Private Hacked E
Alex Trebek's long run as "Jeopardy" host nearly came to an end over the turbulent reaction from an 11-year-old contestant who was eliminated from "Final Jeopardy."

Radar Online reported that Trebek blew up at a request to re-tape the "Final Jeopardy" segment of the show after the young girl learned she could not participate. She was in a negative dollar amount.

The girl ran off the set during the taping, visibly upset.

"If he had taken the time, he would have known, like you do, that my daughter is not a sore loser, and does not become emotional solely over losing a game," the girl's mo...

'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Breaks Guinness World Record

6/16/2014 3:07pm EDT
'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Breaks Guinness World Record
Alex Trebeck has hosted more game shows than anyone else, placing him in the Guiness Book of World Records. Friday's episode of "Jeopardy!" marked Trebek's record-breaking 6,829th episode. Guiness recognized him for "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter (one show)."

Trebek, 73, began his gig on the cerebral series in 1984. But he has some stiff competition - "Wheel Of Fortune" host Pat Sajak has hosted his game show for 30 years and at 67 is still kicking.

“The record can, could and probably will be broken by someone else,” Trebek commented.

It's been speculated that Tre...

A.M. Roundup: Jump The Shark Week, 'Jeopardy' Loser Would've Lost Anyway, Simon Cowell Dumped Lauren Silverman

8/6/2013 10:36am EDT
Shark Week
A Connecticut teenager is angry over losing on Jeopardy last week after misspelling the answer to the game show's "Final Jeopardy" question. The 8th grader got the question right, but he added an extra "t" to the spelling of "emancipation" and host Alex Trebek ruled against him for the misspelling. Now the teen feels "cheated" and embarassed. Even if he got it right he had no chance of winning as the leader that day landed a $66,000 payday and a new Kids Week record. (story)

Has the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" jumped the shark? Viewers were upset Sunday night when the cable network ki...

Connecticut Teen Feels 'Cheated' After Losing On 'Jeopardy'

8/5/2013 11:43pm EDT
A Connecticut teenager is angry over losing on Jeopardy last week after misspelling the answer to the game show's "Final Jeopardy" question. Actually, we should say he misspelled the question to the "Final Jeopardy" answer.

Thomas Hurley III, of Newtown, CT, gave the correct question to the answer, "Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, 'a fit and necessary war measure'" -- but host Alex Trebek ruled against him for misspelling the word 'emancipation'.

Hurley's answer, "What is the Emanciptation Proclamation" was judged incorrect because he added a "t" to the wo...

The Most Trusted Star In America Is...Tom Hanks

5/7/2013 6:24pm EDT
Tom  Hanks
Known for films such as "Forrest Gump," "Castaway," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Saving Private Ryan," Tom Hanks has been named the most trusted celebrity in America.

Hanks, who has won three Academy Awards, has had a prolific 30-year career and managed to maintain a squeaky clean image throughout.

Hanks recently starred in "Cloud Atlas" and has several films in production, including "Saving Mr. Banks," "Captain Phillips," "In the Garden Of Beasts," "The Lost Symbol" and "Toy Story 4."

Second on the Reader's Digest poll is Sandra Bullock, followed by Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and poet ...

Alex Trebek: 'I Just Thought It Was Muscle Strain'

6/29/2012 5:10pm EDT
Alex Trebek
TV personality Alex Trebek only sought treatment after suffering a mild heart attack on Saturday when his wife broke down in tears during his health scare.

The Jeopardy! quiz show host, 71, had been carrying out house chores when he felt "a squeezing, tight pain," and reveals it was his partner Jean who convinced him to seek medical help.

Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles told him he had suffered a heart attack and he was kept under observation until his release on Wednesday.

Trebek admits he is glad he took his wife's advice, telling, "I had been doing ...

Alex Trebek Of 'Jeopardy!' Recovering Following Heart Attack

6/25/2012 8:15am EDT
Alex Trebek
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek had a mild heart attack on Saturday and is recovering in the hospital. The quiz show host was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for immediate attention, and he is now undergoing further testing.

According to a statement from Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces the show, Trebek is in good spirits and doctors expect the 71 year old to make a complete recovery. He is set to begin filming the program's 29th season next month.

On the same day he was rushed to the hospital, the veteran's series won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Game/Audienc...

Alex Trebek's Alleged Burglar Hit With Restraining Order

7/29/2011 8:57am EDT
Alex Trebek
A woman accused of trying to steal from quiz show host Alex Trebek's hotel room on Wednesday morning has been ordered to stay away from the TV star.

The veteran Jeopardy! presenter is set to undergo surgery on Friday after he snapped his Achilles tendon as he tried to catch a woman who had been caught allegedly snooping around his hotel room in San Francisco, California. Police eventually captured the suspect, 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers, who was subsequently booked on charges of felony burglary and possession of stolen property.

A judge in San Francisco increased her bail to $625,000 an...

Alex Trebek Injures Leg While Chasing Hotel Burglar

7/28/2011 8:41am EDT
Alex Trebek
Beloved quiz show host Alex Trebek has been left hobbling around on crutches after injuring himself while attempting to chase a burglar.

The veteran "Jeopardy!" presenter snapped his Achilles tendon on Wednesday morning as he tried to catch a woman who had allegedly been snooping around his hotel room in San Francisco, California.

He hurt his other leg as he fell, but Trebek refused to let the accident stop him from hosting the nearby National Geographic World Championship and he assured attendees at the event that he was OK.

Police eventually captured the suspect, a 56-year-old woman, w...

Watson Computer Beats Humans In 'Jeopardy!' Showdown (Video)

2/17/2011 11:00am EST
While it wasn't perfect, IBM's Watson computer was able to handily beat two of Jeopardy's greatest champions in a three-day competition. Watson had a total score of $77,147, topping Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter - who had $24,000 and $21,600, respectively.

Watson was dominant in song lyrics and book topics, but had trouble in geography and wording some answers properly. The web was abuzz when Watson questioned "What is leg?" to an answer about George Eyser's anatomical abnormality. Ken Jennings correctly questioned "What is he is missing a leg?" seconds later.

Last night, Watson seemed t...