For decades, Jeopardy! has been a fixture on television and a source of (sometimes inadvertent) entertainment. In recent years, the show has incorporated pop songs into its clues on several occasions, meaning we get to hear host Alex Trebek rap or recite unintentionally hilarious lyrics.
Trebek recently channeled BadGirlRiRi with a deadpan take on Rihanna‘s breakthrough hit “Umbrella.” Before that, he got his ’80s-hair-metal on, reciting the glam-rock lyrics of Motley Crue’s “Girls Girls Girls,” and the Internet was disturbed. Below, Billboard collected those and more examples of Trebek’s spoken-word stylings:
Rihanna – “Umbrella”
Sorry, Trebek — it’s not pronounced “eh eh eh.” It’s “ay ay ay.”
Motley Crue – “Girls, Girls, Girls”
Trebek recently offered an enthusiastic rendition of the hook from Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” a top 15 Hot 100 hit with a risque video that got banned from MTV.
TV Theme Song Lyrics
In this sequence, Trebek intones lines from a number of TV show theme songs, including Sesame Street, New Girl and Family Ties.
Trebek got a lot of attention for this clip, in which he relishes the opportunity to spit lines from Grandmaster Flash, Notorious B.I.G., the Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre and Public Enemy. As the category progresses, Trebek takes more and more freedom with his vocal style.
In this episode, there’s a category called “MC Trebek in the hizzouse.” This gives Jeopardy‘s host a chance to recite the hooks from Nelly‘s “Hot In Herre” and LL Cool J‘s “Mama Said Knock You Out.” When the contestant gets several answers in a row, Trebek seems to express a disapproval for rap that contradicts his enthusiastic delivery, telling her, “You’re right again, but you’ve got a wasted youth, I fear.”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Here, Trebek takes on “Rap God,” a recent Eminem single in which the rapper shows off his verbal dexterity.
Lady Gaga – “Pokerface”
Don’t take Trebek to karaoke — his rendition of Gaga’s “Pokerface” is frustratingly literal.
Showing that he’s up on pop culture, Trebek devoted an entire category to Taylor Swift trivia. The hooks for “Trouble” and “Mean” both serve as clues, but Trebek is much less enthusiastic when reading Taylor Swift lyrics than he is with Dr. Dre.
This Jeopardy episode featured a Beyonce category. Trebek uses snippets from “Drunk in Love,” but his heart isn’t in it.