'Jeopardy!' Contestant Makes Hilarious Blunder in 'One of the Best Moments in Gameshow History' | 22 Words

Not only is Jeopardy! a constant in many households, but so is its host, seventy-eight-year-old Alex Trebek. The television personality has been a part of the syndicated game show since its revival in 1984. It's no secret that Trebek, has been plagued with ongoing health issues - and it seems a tragic end may be imminent.

But it seems Trebek is planning to keep on working - and this week we've been treated to a hilarious contestant blunder that has been hailed as "one of the best moments in gameshow history."

Keep scrolling for the clip...

Yes, you heard that right – 1984! Trebek has been hosting the popular show for over thirty years.

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Alex took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life! The game show had originally aired in 1964, on NBC. It was created by host and media mogul, Merv Griffin. He even wrote the infamous theme song you hear when Jeopardy! contestants reach the final round.

After having its run on syndicated TV during the late '70s, producers decided to bring back the show for another run.

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And the show has been going strong ever since! It's a good thing that there is a bunch of trivia facts floating around in the world these days...

But, recently, Alex Trebek had some sad news to share with us.

"Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease," he said.

Trebek isn't just a TV host, he's essentially America's dad.

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He knows all the answers, and his deep, calming voice has been a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.

But let's rewind. Can we talk about the part where he says he's under contract for the next three years?

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Even in times of darkness, this guy is stronger than ever – and shows us that he has a great sense of humor.

A simpler time...

Remember when the biggest Jeopardy! news was Trebek's beard? I, for one, liked it.

But this isn't Trebek's first health scare.

He went on hiatus in January of 2018 after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.

And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered.

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Because it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we'd all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.

The host was still battling the disease.

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Even though he was not technically in remission yet, Trebek has vowed that he will keep working while he's "on the mend." One of the nation's favorite treasures said: "I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." What a man!

It might have been strange to watch him on our screens again knowing his condition, but we were so happy to see him return!

The new season of Jeopardy! (with Alex Trebek as the host!) premiered September 9th.

But fans were then hit with heartbreaking news.

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Following a loss of a whopping twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his "numbers go sky-high," Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.

"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing."

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"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."

Now Trebek has offered more insight into his battle.

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Alongside the jump in numbers, Trebek claims he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.

"So we're back on the chemo."

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"We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."

"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer."

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"We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."

He's dedicated to his job, though.

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He claims he'll keep working "as long as my skills do not diminish," although cold sores from his chemo have left him struggling to enunciate.

"I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving."

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“But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’"

"I’m not afraid of dying."

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“I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that?"

But this week saw a brand new amazing Jeopardy! moment.

Jeopardy! contestant unintentionally made history on the smash-hit program. Keep scrolling for the clip...

Sarah Jett Rayburn, from Hutto, Texas, defended her spot as a champion on Monday.

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And at one point, she attempted to answer the $2,000 question in the category “The Zulus," as per The Independent. 

Trebek then read the question, which came with a photo alongside.

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“Here, as on each 24 September, Zulus celebrate the holiday that was named in honor of this warrior leader of the early 1800s."

The correct answer was Shaka Zulu, founder of the Zulu Empire in Southern Africa.

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But Sarah answered "Chaka Khan" the American singer and songwriter, a blunder which hugely amused the audience. Although that wasn't the first hilarious mistake she made...

When Sarah got to the final question...

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“Before they were photographed together in 1862, Lincoln wryly noted this general ‘should have no problem’ sitting still for it."

Sarah once again make quite a blunder...

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She guessed Ulysses S Grant, but the correct answer was George B McClellan. "I wasn’t sure. I second-guessed myself on that one a lot," she said. “Sorry. I shouldn’t be talking now."

Trebek tried to reassure the contestant.

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“No, that’s fine, you can talk now. There are people who are watching who are saying ‘Why didn’t she put down McClellan?’ and you just explained. It was your second choice."

Sarah continued:

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“I was afraid. Grant seemed safer, you know what I mean? I thought – anyway, I’m sorry," to which Trebek responded: "Ladies and gentlemen, you have just witnessed something that never happens on our program: an explanation of why the contestant wrote down what they did."

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