Alex Trebek Said ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Creator Merv Griffin Cared More About ‘Wheel’: ‘He Had No Interest in ‘Jeopardy!’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Two of the longest-running sport reveals of all time, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, have been created by the identical man, Merv Griffin.

In his latest memoir, The Answer Is…, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek opened up about his assertion that Griffin by no means actually cared for the present he helms as a lot as he did for Wheel of Fortune.

Here’s what Trebek needed to say.

left to right: Alex Trebek of 'Jeopardy!' and Pat Sajak of 'Wheel of Fortune'
left to proper: Alex Trebek of ‘Jeopardy!’ and Pat Sajak of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Merv Griffin created ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Merv Griffin, who along with changing into a media mogul additionally hosted his personal iconic tv speak present, is the person who introduced two of essentially the most lasting sport reveals to the medium.

Griffin created and produced Jeopardy!, in addition to the much less cerebral Wheel of Fortune.

left to right: Alex Trebek, Vanna White, Merv Griffin, and Pat Sajakleft to right: Alex Trebek, Vanna White, Merv Griffin, and Pat Sajak
left to proper: Alex Trebek, Vanna White, Merv Griffin, and Pat Sajak | Mark Sullivan/WireImage

And Griffin, who died in 2007, didn’t cease at sport reveals. He additionally wrote music, particularly the Jeopardy! theme music heard throughout the Final Jeopardy! spherical.

“That little 30 seconds has made me a fortune, millions,” he advised The New York Times in 2005. “You don’t want to know. Probably close to $70-80 million.”

Griffin offered Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune in 1986 to Coca-Cola for $250 million, however his property continues to reap the royalties from the catchy tune.

Alex Trebek stated ‘Wheel of Fortune’ was extra Merv Griffin’s child

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In his 2020 memoir, The Answer Is…, Alex Trebek discussed Wheel of Fortune, his personal answer-and-question present, Merv Griffin’s participating persona – and his seeming favoritism in the direction of Wheel.

“Merv was actually a very warm man,” he wrote. “He had the distinctive skill to attract you in and make you are feeling like no matter you have been saying was the one factor that mattered to him in that second.

“The few instances I spent with Merv have been very particular, however we didn’t have a lot of a relationship. He left Jeopardy! alone utterly. He concerned himself the primary yr or two within the design and colours of the set. And he did visitor star with me on an episode of The Golden Girls that was shot on our set. But that was it.”

Trebek is conscious that his present’s creator didn’t dislike Jeopardy! He appeared to easily have extra of an affinity for Wheel of Fortune.

“His present, his child, was Wheel of Fortune. He took an excessive amount of pleasure in developing with the phrase puzzles for Wheel. But he had no curiosity in anyway in Jeopardy!

Does Alex Trebek get sick of listening to the ‘Jeopardy!’ theme music?

Jeopardy!‘s theme music is immediately recognizable and often-heard all over the place, actually. Not simply throughout Final Jeopardy.

So is Alex Trebek tiring of the tune?

“People ask me, ‘Do you ever get tired of hearing it?’ No, it’s just part of the show. I’m used to it. Granted, I don’t go around humming it. But I enjoy it when it’s played at a baseball game or when the referees at an NFL game are going to the video replay. It’s part of Americana.”

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