In a press release today, the Ancient Order of Hibernians have announced the Alex Trebek has apologized for perceived defamatory comments towards individuals of Irish heritage on the October 18, 2016 episode, during his contestant interview of Shannon Dillmore.
Mr. Trebek stated his interview comment was never intended to draw any inference between inebriation and the Irish character. He stated the point of departure for his comment was strictly the contestants’ youth and that young men of all backgrounds usually take on unorthodox challenges as the result of dares in the company of other young men while good naturedly carousing. Mr. Trebek stated it was strictly in this context that he meant to frame his remark. However, Mr. Trebek stated, and we give him great credit, that he went back and reviewed the tape of the interview. He noted while viewing the playback that when he asked the question he did so with a lilt in his voice which he volunteered could be construed as emulating an Irish brogue. Mr. Trebek stated while it was never his intent to offend anyone, in viewing the tape he certainly could see how the comment and the delivery could combine to give a connotation he had never intended to convey and for that he was truly sorry. Mr. Tebek stated that the show in question had been taped months before and that Jeopardy! production is currently in hiatus making an on-air apology not possible; thus he was reaching out to personally express his regret for the unintended offense.
I also wish to commend Alex for taking the time to reach out and rapidly attempt to make amends.