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harvey levin: the objects people choose to keep in their home define who they are. this is... these are the dice from "high rollers" on which you - were a contestant... - i was. who did not do particularly well. harvey: i'm harvey levin. this is the story of a man who's been welcomed into millions of homes across the globe for more than three decades. welcome to "jeopardy!" as we begin another week. alex was a young hellraiser in canada, something that enraged his mom. she would whack me pretty hard sometimes. if i did something that she considered... stupid. but after his parents divorced, alex was shipped off to boarding school,
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and what started as a summer gig at a radio station to pay tuition turned into a career, which had its perks. you were kind of a serial dater. what was your type? i was into faces more than bodies. i wasn't one of those guys who said, "boy, look at the knockers on that girl." soon enough, he got the opportunity of a lifetime hosting "jeopardy!". you never let producers call you the star of the show. - never. - but yet in "wheel of fortune," they say they are the stars of the show, but you don't like that. turns out alex trebek's finish line may be closer than you think. your contract is up on "jeopardy!" in 2020. can you imagine a life without "jeopardy!"? - sure. - what are the odds that you will stay after 2020? alex trebek, the man with all the answers. harvey, welcome. uh, what is a salutation?
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you got that one right. i--i'm happy to have you here, but i'm gonna have to start with an apology. your show is about objects that people have saved over the years because they are significant in one part or another of their careers or their lives. i have never thrown anything away. my whole life, my home, everything around you is an object. well, that's fantastic. you want to get started? - come on in. - let's do it. i did manage to pull out of my library this book, which was my very first book purchase as a young boarding student at the university of ottawa prep school in ottawa, ontario, canada. it's part of the collins classic, and i looked at this and i said, "my gosh, this book is leather bound and it's 'wuthering heights' by emily bronte, and it's only $2. i've got to get that book." and that was the beginning of,
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i guess you would call it a thirst for knowledge and a love of books. i just love being able to acquire knowledge this way. or by personal experience. i'm gonna take you back to canada. um, kind of a modest upbringing, would you say? alex: yes. like many young boys, i had a paper route. and i was a good student. in high school, i started to fool around a little much. or a little too much for the teachers. and could be described as slightly unruly. you dad was an interesting guy. my dad was born in ukraine. was fluent in about four or five languages. he and mom had some pretty good arguments. never any physical abuse on either side. she was a disciplinarian. yeah, yeah. that, uh, she would whack me pretty hard sometimes.
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- really? - well, if i did something that she considered... stupid. you seem to me, at least, to be a very disciplined person. so it seems like that rubbed off. well, it rubbed off there and it rubbed off perhaps more than that at boarding school with the oblates of mary immaculate, the priests who were a great bunch of guys. one of them got to be my spiritual advisor and my banker - what? - because my dad had almost no money and couldn't send me any money to spend each month. so father donnie would lend me money. - your parents divorced-- - i think i was around 12. that's why i went away to boarding school. - oh, really? - yeah. because i had no place to stay. - where was your mom? - mom was in florida. so why didn't you move with her? i was going to school in canada and it would have been a hardship for her. she had no way of supporting me and my sister. so my sister went away to boarding school, and i went away to boarding school. harvey: that must be tough on a kid
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when you're living with mom and dad and all of sudden you're living with neither. one's out of the country, and the other's not with you. in many ways, yes, and that probably was what contributed to my becoming so unruly my first year at boarding school, and being one of the difficult students in class. - harvey: you were acting out. - alex: yeah. something that, to me, felt like the seeds of "jeopardy!", you spent-- at a period of your life, you spent a lot of time alone and you were kind of a shy kid. you read a lot, didn't you? yeah, reading got to be an escape, and radio got to be an escape. an escape from what? well... ( exhales ) snow. ( chuckles ) what did you want to be when you grew up? i joke with audiences. i tell them when i was a kid i wanted to be a doctor, a pilot, or prime minister of canada. i have achieved none of my goals.
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you are looking at a failure. um, maybe a pilot, a doctor, or even a prime minister would say, "god, i wish i hosted 'jeopardy!'". well, prime minister trudeau, whom i spent some time with on a visit to ottawa about a year and a half ago told me, he said, "alex, if you ever do a 'celebrity jeopardy!' with world leaders, put me down. i want to be on the show." i read that you dropped out of military school at one point to chase a girl? i had, just before going off to military college met the love of my life. and then the thought of being away from her for this extended period of time at military college, i guess, was one of the major influences in my walking out of military college. so what happened? we broke up not too long after that.
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( laughing ) ( music playing ) when we were at the front door, i told you that i don't throw anything away. - you did say that. - and i have saved-- i have an example here. this is the first income tax return i filed after my first full year in broadcasting with the canadian broadcasting corporation. - i'm dying to see this. - 1962. - yep. - how much money did i make? oh, $8,855 and 41 cents. even then, i was overpaid. ( laughing ) now, what-- what were you doing there? alex: i was a staff announcer. these 51 charming young ladies are members of le coeur claire fontaine, as they sing "c'est la vue de châtillon" and "c'est vous le vie," who could resist their charms? harvey: how'd you get into broadcasting? i needed money to pay for my junior year at university.
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i had no money. tuition was a whopping $500 a year. but the cbc, they hired me as a summer relief announcer, and then in february, there was an opening on their permanent staff. and they asked me if i would be interested in joining the permanent staff. this was in my senior year now, and i said, "yeah, if i can finish my education." so, i did class from nine to noon every day. i was at the faculty of philosophy, and then i did studio work from four to 12 for an entire year. graduated and stayed with the cbc, and a year and a half later i got transferred to toronto, which is really where my career developed at. that's where i paid my dues. announcer: from studio four in toronto, it's your afternoon "music hop." and now here's your host on "music hop," alex trebek. ( cheers and applause )
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well, thank you, norm. thanks, fellas. hi, kids. welcome back to "music hop." harvey: you were called the canadian dick clark. 'cause you hosted some kind of a teen dance show. alex: no, wasn't a dance show. it was a teen music show... - harvey: teen music show. - alex:, called "music hop." and we had some of canada's best known performers. - gordon lightfoot was one of our early guests. - oh, wow! ♪ let me tell you about saturday night ♪ ♪ saturday night ♪ we all came together on a saturday night ♪ so, how'd you get into quiz shows? well, there was a high school quiz called "reach for the top." team leading by ten points at the moment, name the canadian province where we would find partridge berries. - peter matthews. - alberta. alberta is incorrect. i got to be the butt of a lot of jokes from people like "sctv." eugene levy portrayed me, and he was the host alex trebel. all right, that's it! show's over. get out! everybody out, no winners.
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- ( people booing ) - no winners! certainly no scholarships! - that's it, no points. - what? turn the security on 'em. i want you out! harvey: so, cbc loved you. you did a bunch of shows for them. why did you move to america? opportunity. i had done pretty much everything i could do in canada, in terms of hosting. because i was bilingual i got to host some big, musical, classical musical extravaganzas. when you began hosting game shows in the united states, you were the first host since groucho marx... - alex: with a mustache. - harvey: ...with a mustache. there was resistance to that, wasn't there? well, interestingly enough, one of the reasons they hired me - was because i had the mustache. - really? and when we did the pilot, lin bolen came to me and said, "alex, how strongly do you feel about your mustache?" i said, "very." - ( laughs ) - and that was the end of that. i mean, i had the big hair, the big mustache. we trimmed back a lot of it for the show.
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so, "wizard of odds" was my start. and bad news, good news after a year, they came to me and they said, "sorry, alex, the show is being canceled. "oh, what's the good news?" the good news is it's being replaced by a show called "high rollers" on the following monday and you're gonna be hosting that. let's get right to it. the dice that our players are gonna be using to win prizes that are on this board under these nine numbers. cash, merchandise, great vacations. so, in my career, i have managed to be canceled and replaced myself... - yeah. - ...on a different show, on two different occasions. so, that's something. - that's something. - i thought you might recognize these, because these are the dice, the original dice, from "high rollers," - on which you were a contestant. - i was. who did not do particularly well. no. and i can't find the tape of this thing. i was law student at the university of chicago,
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and got an invitation to teach law school at the university of miami. and i thought i'm gonna win a boat on a game show. and i did research. your show gave more boats away than anybody else. so, i go on your show and i'm up against this woman named audrey from van nuys, and she kicked my ass. she even got the question on law. i did win a vacuum cleaner. so, thank you. - good. happy to help. - i sold it. ( laughs ) so, before "jeopardy!", you did a bunch of game shows, not just "high rollers." you did "double dare," you did "stars on ice," "$128,000 question." you did the rounds, - didn't you? - i did. as malcolm gladwell has explained in one of his books, i paid my dues for about ten years, because it takes about ten years for you to become good at your chosen profession. and i guess after ten years, i became good enough to become the host of "jeopardy!"
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i just absolutely love your show. and one of the things that i always think about when i watch it, is i watch you read the answers, and some of them are complicated. do you rehearse these? if there are words that are going to be difficult to pro-- to say properly... i, uh, i make diacritical marks. so that the people at home think, "oh, gosh, trebek is so bright." who used expedia to book the vacation rental which led to the discovery that sometimes a little down time can lift you right up.
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i love that painting. it has kind of a sorrowful aspect to it. doesn't it? - i have the mustache-- - it's brooding. it's brooding. so, it goes back to the early 1980s when i was working on "jeopardy!". just starting on "jeopardy!". and at that time i was involved with a winery in central california. and james-paul brown is the artist who did the labels for us, for the winery, and also did this picture of me. well, the picture of you has endured better than the winery. you lost your shirt, alex. i didn't lose my shirt but i lost an awful lot of money. we just had some bad luck,
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but everything seems to have worked out well for me. announcer: here he is, the host of "jeopardy!", alex trebek. thank you, johnny. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. and welcome to "jeopardy!" as we begin another week. how did you get "jeopardy!"? i got call one day from bob murphy, who was vice president of merv griffin enterprises. about a year before this phone call, i had received another phone call from him saying, "alex, you don't know me. i'm bob murphy. i'm the executive producer of "wheel of fortune." chuck woolery was supposed to tape the shows this weekend. we have a special tournament and he's in the hospital. he can't do anything. he tried to commit suicide." and he-- "i'm not telling tales out of school... - no-- - ...or betraying confidences," because chuck has admitted that.
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so, he was in the hospital and they said, "we're taping tomorrow. do you think you could help us out and come and do the shows?" so, i did, and they remembered that. and when they put "wheel of fortune" into syndication with pat sajak, it did really well that first year. and they decided, "why don't we try to get a one hour package of 'wheel' and something else?" what would it-- how 'bout we bring back "jeopardy!". and who are we gonna get to host it? well, what about that guy trebek, that helped us out on "wheel" over a year ago? good idea. announcer: and now, here is the host of "jeopardy!", alex trebek. ( cheers and applause ) why is it relatable? because these questions-- you watch the contestants and you're kind of in awe that they know so much, and they're so deep, but for a lot of people they don't get a lot of questions right. alex: you don't have to. you're not gonna be disappointed with the material you don't get
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because you know it's really tough stuff, and you're not expected to get it. those contestants, they'll get it because we know they're bright. they have to take a big test in order to be on the show. but we have a lot of pop culture material now. music, movies, stuff like that. that you can relate to. you go to the movies, you listen to music. i love that you're pointing at me when we're talking about the easier ones. thank you. - all right. - you know how i did in "high rollers," clearly. - yeah, well. - ( laughs ) harvey: 34 years it's been on the air with you. 7,600 episodes. does it get old for you ever? - alex: never. - harvey: why? because every day we have new contestants, every day we have new material. the format is the same. so, i feel very comfortable in that format. i've settled into it. and i like it, and i can relax with it. and because i can do that, i can fool around. - alex: nerdcore hip-hop. - hip-hop. yes. it's a people who identify as nerdy
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rapping about the things they love. video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners. you know. it's really catchy and fun. - losers, in other words. - well-- i just absolutely love your show. and one of the things that i always think about when i watch it, is i watch you read the answers, and some of them are complicated. do you rehearse these? alex: i don't rehearse them, but i read them over one time. i get all of the-- all of the material, the five shows we're gonna tape in one day. i get that at 7:30 in the morning, and it takes me an hour and a half to go over those five games. and if there are words that are going to be difficult to pro-- - to say properly... - ( laughs ) i, uh, i make diacritical marks. and, but still, i mess up every once in a while, - and we reshoot-- - i don't-- oh. - we reshoot that clue. - yeah. so that the people at home think,
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"oh, gosh, trebek is so bright." well, you just told us the secret. - yeah, well-- - how many days a week do you work? two days a week. tuesdays and wednesdays usually. good gig. - not exactly overworked, you see. - yeah. - can we talk about a scandal? - sure. 2001, you shaved your mustache. - oh, yeah. - that was a big deal. alex: and i couldn't understand that. it got more press than some of the international events that were occurring at that time. - harvey: it did. - alex: we're at war and everything, and i'm telling-- "what the hell are you thinking of? you're-- you're asking me about my mustache." - it was a big deal. - yeah. alex: the public is like the voting public in america right now. they're split 50/50 as to whether i should have a mustache or not. my wife is on the side of those who say clean-shaven. - so, i'm clean-shaven. she wins. - she wins. you once said-- and i love this. "if you have no personality, you can't be a contestant. you can host it, but you can't be a contestant."
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pretty self-effacing. well, i'm there as a facilitator. i wanna make you look good. i want you to be the very best you can be, because if you succeed, the show succeeds. if the show succeeds, i succeed. do you consider yourself a celebrity? minor celebrity, if you will. harvey: you never let producers call your the star of the show. because i'm not. beginning of "wheel of fortune" they say, "now here are the stars of our show." if you were doing "wheel" would you be the star of the show? no. even though i know the entire alphabet. no. i've done all sorts of research, read earnings reports, looked at chart patterns. i've even built my own historic trading model. and you're still not sure if you want to make the trade? exactly. sounds like a case of analysis paralysis. is there a cure? td ameritrade's trade desk. they can help gut check your strategies and answer all your toughest questions.
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and she brought home and i-- she gave it to me. it's a man's bracelet. and i said, "oh, i like that." and it's the only piece of jewelry i have worn constantly throughout my professional career. so this is the segment on you being a celebrity. do you consider yourself a celebrity? minor celebrity, if you will. hold on. you say minor celebrity. the show has been on the air 34 years. you know you're at the top of the heap when it comes to syndicated television. probably the history of television, right? well, "wheel of fortune" has always had better ratings than us, but if we had "wheel's" timeslots, i think we would've been number one. and i say that with pride. you never let producers call you the star of the show. - never. - because? because i'm not. the stars of "jeopardy!" are the contestants, and the material. what is a tootsie roll? - alex: that's right. - ( applause ) i need this! eponyms, 400.
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i get it. so, explain this to me. you-- your show is done by the same company that does "wheel of fortune." beginning of "wheel of fortune" they say, "they are the stars of the show." announcer: here are the stars of america's game, pat sajak and vanna white. - ( cheers and applause ) - all right. but you don't like that. it's a personal quirk. it's... just as i said a moment ago, the stars are the material-- if you were doing "wheel" would you be the star of the show? no. no. - that's interesting. - even though i know the entire alphabet. ( laughs ) do you socialize with celebrities? alex: i used to a lot more than i do now. generally speaking, i do not socialize - with show business people. - is that a choice? yeah, it's just the way things have worked out with celebrities. i've been married now for 28 years.
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and i'm very happy with the lifestyle jean and i have developed. i love to-- i'm a homebody. i love fixing things at home. i have probably more tools and more hardware paraphernalia. than any person you have ever interviewed. i'm guessing that if you go to a restaurant, somebody would wanna walk up to you and say, "alex, i'm gonna stump you with a question. or an answer." alex: that happened in the early years of "jeopardy!" they would come up to me and just throw something at me, and expect me to come up with the correct response. i'm trying to remember what one of the earlier ones was. had to do with places where the united states flag flies 24 hours a day. and i said, "what is the moon?" and, "ooh, yeah. okay."
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wow! i would not have thought that, but you're absolutely right. - still there. - you're right! that's a good one. harvey: so, will ferrell played you on "saturday night live." did you like it? alex: yeah, it was a lot of fun. i didn't think he was a great me, because-- eugene levy, who did me before on "sctv," was a better alex trebek. but will ferrell seemed to be very perplexed, and he would get upset, and i don't think that was me. do you kind of shun extravagances, yachts, - private jets, stuff like that? - yes. - yes. - how come? 'cause you could afford it. yeah, but it doesn't do me-- it doesn't bring me any pleasure anymore. i drive a pickup truck. i'm very comfortable driving a pickup truck. i haul stuff, because i need things to help do repairs here at the house. and i'm not into exotic cars,
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or boats, or planes. it doesn't excite me. i gotta tell ya, you got a pickup truck, you know how to fix stuff, if you retire from "jeopardy!" you could do really well just parking outside home depot. mr. fix it. - seriously. - yep. you dated stefanie powers. - you dated rona barret? - mm-hmm. - beverly sassoon. - mm-hmm. - susan sullivan. - mm-hmm. so, you made your way around hollywood. - mm-hmm. - ( harvey laughs )
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so, you made your way around hollywood. all right brad, once again i have revolutionized the songwriting process. oh, here we go. i know i can't play an instrument, but this... this is my forte. obviously, for auto insurance, we've got the wheel route. obviously. retirement, we're going with a long-term play. makes sense. pet insurance, wait, let me guess... flea flicker. yes! how'd you know? studying my playbook? yeah, actually.
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so, i noticed in the house you have a lot of art. - mm-hmm. - and there's one piece that's special. the muskox. which manages to combine my love of art
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with my favorite animal. because when threatened by wolves, they form a circle and all of the calves are inside the circle, fully protected. that's probably why i love the muskox so much. i see myself as a protector of my family. let's talk a little bit about another dimension of your life. you were engaged to a woman when you were at the cbc in canada, and you said something. you said, "i got lucky and didn't marry the girl." what's that about? it wouldn't have worked out. she was a beautiful, beautiful girl. avanda king was her name. gorgeous creature. and it just-- i mean, it was infatuation for each of us i think, but not destined to survive. you were kind of a serial dater in toronto. what was your type? there wasn't any type. i dated beautiful blondes, beautiful brunettes.
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i think beautiful is the type then. well-- i was into faces more than bodies. i wasn't one of those guys who said, "boy, look at the knockers on that girl. or look at this, look at that." no, that never came up. it was-- if-- it was the face, the eyes that attracted me. and if they had a sense of humor, and if they were good cooks, that helped. fair enough. so, then how does the former playboy bunny that you married fit into that? ( exhales ) she was beautiful. harvey: she could cook. alex: she could cook. very bright. and we have remained friends to this day. she's friends with my current wife, jean. after you got divorced you dated some interesting people. you dated stefanie powers. - you dated rona barret? - mm-hmm. - beverly sassoon. - mm-hmm.
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- susan sullivan. - mm-hmm. so, you made your way around hollywood. - mm-hmm. - ( harvey laughs ) the smile is enough. uh-huh. harvey: you met your current wife, i believe in 1990. alex: we married in 1990. - i met her before that. - ah. she was doing books for a friend of mine, and i thought she was most attractive. she thought i was a jerk. and he invited me to dinner one night and i said, "i'll come if you can make sure that jeanie attends also." and she did and i asked her out. and we started dating. harvey: she is 23 years your junior. - 24. - 24? - was that an issue? - yeah. i worried that age would slow me down a great deal. but i find that i'm still very active, i don't look my age, and i realize that.
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i've had a knee replacement, i've had 20 surgeries - in my life. yeah. - 20 surgeries? back, legs, feet, hands. - a lot of those sports related? - yeah. and work related. not television work, but manual labor around the house. i love the story about your wedding vows. how you said i do. the answer is i do. - ( harvey laughs ) - got a laugh. harvey: let's talk about your kids. matthew was born when you were 50. you were a first-time dad at 50. - trepidations there? - no. it was one of the most exciting moments of my life. so, he ended up getting a degree in philosophy. communications and philosophy at fordham, and decided to work as a bartender-- harvey: which is what you get-- which is what you do after you get a philosophy degree. yeah. and then he decided he wanted to open a mexican restaurant,
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which he has done, - and which is now thriving. - it's in harlem, right? alex: north harlem. right across the street from city college of new york. and emily's doing well here in the valley. she graduated from loyola marymount, and tried a few things. party planning and decided that she likes designing houses and renovating houses. so, she's buying fixer uppers and fixing them up. they are universally liked by their friends. they have maintained friendships with their high school buddies. and i think that's-- that's just marvelous. it's a sign that maybe jean and i handled things properly. i had the afro. i had the mustache, and a very dark tan.
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this is what you get when you become an officer of the order of canada. it's canada's highest civilian award. and i was fortunate enough to receive this this past year. man: he's committed to multiple educational, environmental, and humanitarian causes. notably as an ambassador for world vision. mr. trebek. ( applause ) it's nice to reach a point in your career where you start getting a lot of goodies, because people think you deserve them. world vision sponsorship is someone like you taking that child's hand and walking with them over time. helping them take the first steps toward health and strength. you have done an incredible amount of philanthropic work. i wanna go through some of the things you've done. world vision, which i got involved with in the early 80s, the days of that great famine in ethiopia,
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they started sending me all over the world to record these little vignettes. these stories about kids in dire straits in order to raise money for their campaign of child sponsorship. and i was involved with world vision for 25 years, and still am. tell me about the village you adopted in zambia. again, that was through world vision, and they had a village of about 1,700 people that got their drinking water, their cooking water, their washing water from this little spring that was where cattle used to go to drink also, so it was semi-polluted. and i adopted the village and we built two school houses,
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a medical facility, three residences for staff, and we drilled eight wells. tell me about the smile train. when you donate money to charity, quite often you don't know where that money goes or what it does. but with the smile train, when you're looking at kids with cleft palates, and they're like this in the first photo, and after a minor surgery, they're like this and they're smiling. and you say, "yeah, i like that. i can see where my money is being spent," so... harvey: and again, you've changed their lives. you have donated so much money to charitable causes. i know you've given millions of dollars to the university of ottawa. it seems like you're the kinda guy that realizes when it's enough for you and you then look outward. i don't need any more money to affect my life.
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to do good for somebody else at very little cost to yourself, how can you say no? - it makes you feel good. - how did you get involved with the united negro college fund? they came to me and asked if i would be willing to appear on their telethon. and i said, "of course," because a mind is a terrible thing to waste. i said, "you guys have the best catchphrase of any charity out there. i'd be happy to assist you." and i went to do the program and i ran into gregory hines, the dancer. and somebody came up to me afterwards and they said, "i saw you and your brother talking a few minutes ago." now keep in mind at this stage of my career, i had the afro, i had the mustache, and a very dark tan. and so i was feeling very proud. i said, "my gosh, they think gregory and i are brothers."
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and then not too long after that, i appeared on dinah, dinah's show, "the dinah shore show," and dr. j was a guest. and somebody thought we were brothers because we looked it. - harvey: oh, my gosh. - so i'm out there in the afro-american community as a brother. your contract is up on "jeopardy!" in 2020. can you imagine a life without "jeopardy!"? - sure. - what are the odds that you will stay after 2020?
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but dad, you've got allstate. with accident forgiveness they guarantee your rates won't go up just because of an accident. smart kid. indeed. are you in good hands?
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lifetime achievement award. pat sajak and i received them at the same time as a tribute to the success of "jeopardy!" and "wheel of fortune," i'm sure. my thanks to the academy. this is a very special day for me. uh, pat kind of alluded to it, um, i am celebrating 50 years of hosting television shows this year, so, i'm kinda superstitious about this, that if you get a lifetime achievement award, it means you're about to check out. check out physically or your career is about to end? - no, i was thinking more physically. - yeah? dropping dead and stuff like that. i have no reason to think that.
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my health is as bad as it's always been. and, uh, no need to worry. nothing's different. harvey: your contract is up on "jeopardy!" in 2020. can you imagine a life without "jeopardy!"? - sure. - who would be a good, solid host of the show if you retire? uh, mentioned to our producer not so long ago that the fellow who does play-by-play for the los angeles kings. alex faust and jim fox here with you. it is one of the most highly anticipated opening round series in recent memory. they should consider him. he's young, he's attractive, his first name is alex. it wouldn't be a big hardship for johnny gilbert to say, "and now here is the host of 'jeopardy!' alex, not trebek." what about a woman? um, there is an attorney, laura coates. she's african-american, and she appears on some
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of the cable news shows from time to time. very bright. very personable. welcome back to "laura coates show" here on sirius xm urban view channel 120 taking your calls today. alex: your profession would be well represented. what are the factors that go into your decision on whether to hang it up in 2020? if i'm still enjoying it and if i'm not making too many mistakes, then i will continue. but there comes a time, of course, you know, bob barker is a perfect example. he was still doing well, but he figured, "hey, the time is now." and in life, we make a lot of decisions about what we want to do and whether to accept a job and you should also be able to make an intelligent decision about when it's time to hang things up. athletes are forced to do this all the time.
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they realize, "hey, my skills have diminished just this much, but in this day and age, in this league, whether it's basketball, football, hockey, or baseball, that's enough. i can no longer compete at a level that makes me feel good about my performance," so... what, um, what are the odds that you will stay after 2020? right now. 50/50 and a little less. - really? - yeah. 2020. ( exhales ) that's gonna be 36, 37 years of hosting one show. that's enough. i'll be 80 years old. - you don't look 80. - i know. - but i'm not 80 yet. - you're supposed to say thank you. - i'm not 80 yet. - well, you told me earlier that one of the things you thought of as a kid was being prime minister of canada.
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what about running for political office? it's-- it's terrible. the way we treat our politicians. the investigations we do into their private lives. i don't know why anybody would want to go into politics. you have to have a tremendous ego to want to put up with all of that stuff. you've had two heart attacks. how's your health? fine. it's good. i have no complaints. breakfast, snickers and diet pepsi? yeah, but that... originally, it was snickers and diet pepsi. it's gonna be healthier, like milky way now? well, then i went to milky way. oh, i was just guessing. and then i went to twix because twix-- i find that i don't eat as much anymore, so i will only have one of the twix. well, i have to tell you, having been such a fan for so many years
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of "jeopardy!" and humiliated by you on "high rollers," i loved getting to know you. and i really appreciate the time. - thank you so much, alex. - my pleasure. >> three brothers, one strange picture. >> i always thought, why did we have a painting like that in our dining room? >> it stirs up the sale of the century. >> $750. do have $750 right her. >> oh, my god. i'm thinking, what is this? >> are you thinking that thele g a mistake, or they know something that you don't? >> they know something that i don't.'ll take you $300,000. >> it was a complete shock. >> $830,000. >> he said, "amy, it was a rembrandt." >> not so fast. >> so, it is possible that this thing turns out not to be? >> totally. [ applause ] [ door creaks ] [ wind howls ] [ thunder ru


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