Alex Trebek Q&A: 'Jeopardy,' movies and donating to Smithsonian

Are you ever in contact with Bob Barker or Pat Sajak?

Once in awhile, Bob and I have gotten together for lunch in the past year. And Pat, I recorded stuff with him the other day for Boston, following the bombings there. We’re friends. We don’t socialize too much or too often, but we’re friends. One of my very good friends is a host I met soon after I came to California, Peter Marshall, who used to host "Hollywood Squares." Pete and I are still in contact. In fact, I think they want me to host a tribute to him. He’s been named West Virginia Man of the Year.

Do you have a cameo appearance of yours that was a personal favorite?

"White Men Can’t Jump" was fun. "Cheers" was good. "The Bucket List" was good and disappointing in a way. The original script had a whole scene on the "Jeopardy" set where Morgan Freeman’s character was a contestant. It was always his ambition in life to be on "Jeopardy." He winds up as a contestant on "Jeopardy" and dies on the set. We filmed that, but they didn’t use it. They had him die at home, as you recall. What’s good about it, I still get residuals every time they show the film. It’s a wonderful film; the first time I read the script I had tears in my eyes.

[For the Record, 10:55 a.m. PDT, May 9: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that the memorabilia being donated would be part of an upcoming exhibit dedicated to daytime TV. There are no current plans for such an exhibit, but some of the items may be part of a broader exhibit on American culture.]


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