Legendary Jeopardy! host and former mustache-wearer Alex Trebek filmed Season 35 of the popular quiz show with a slick trim Hollywood-style beard. Yes, technically the famous Trebek mustache is back; it’s just hidden in a hirsute face as this time Trebek goes for, well, double jeopardy. Fans online love it. And Trebek, seemingly ageless at 78, promises that the beard is the least of the surprises Jeopardy! fans can expect this season. See the video below for Trebek’s promises beyond his facial hair.
Stay tuned for a surprise bigger than the beard. pic.twitter.com/YOU8idWSou
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) September 8, 2018
It’s long been rumored that Trebek will retire from the TV institution that Jeopardy! has become — and one year it has to be true. But Trebek sure doesn’t look weary in his new bearded incarnation. He looks more movie star than he has since he, Tom Selleck and the late Burt Reynolds rocked mustaches together. The beard does put in mind another famous TV character, albeit one who made his mark in 30-second spots meant to encourage beer-drinking. Given Trebek’s vast knowledge and winning persona, the newly bearded host seems like a perfect choice to be the next “most interesting man in the world” — right? “Stay thirsty my friends” sounds like just another way of “Potent Potables.”