Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is bringing a smile to fans’ faces when many need it the most by his comical recitation of the lyrics from Lizzo’s hit song “Truth Hurts.” The lyrics were included in a clue featured during Thursday’s episode of the popular game show, according to Today.
Trebek, always stoic when he needs to be, maintained his usual straight face as he read the lyrics, which popped up under the category “Lyrics of Today” for $1,000. Rather than belting out the lyrics with confidence and passion as Lizzo so passionately does, the host read them rather dryly and out of rhythm, which only made the situation even funnier.
“Her: New man on the Minnesota Vikings, truth hurts, needed something more exciting, bom bi dom bi dum bum bay,” he read.
Immediately, a contestant guessed Lizzo correctly and Trebek then took the time to make light of the situation.
“Yup — and I did it exactly like she does, didn’t I?” he said with a smile, sarcasm filling his voice.
He then turned to stare directly at the camera with wide eyes while the three contestants and studio audience all burst into laughter.
Alex Trebek’s rendition of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” ownspic.twitter.com/4HuYNHuo69— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) March 26, 2020
Rebecca Rubin, a news editor and box office reporter for the publication Variety, helped make this comical clip go viral when she shared it on Twitter.
“Alex Trebek singing Lizzo is actually exactly what we needed today,” she wrote, likely alluding to the coronavirus pandemic that has left many in poor spirits due to fear and uncertainty.
Her tweet got a lot of attention online, earning over 579 retweets. Many people in the comments agreed with her sentiments.
“My parents and I were watching this last night and I just about died,” one person tweeted.
This is not the first time Trebek has taken on the challenge of reciting modern lyrics while on the show. A similar occasion occurred in 2017 when he had to read a clue that featured the lyrics of rapper Desiigner’s hit song “Panda.” Once again his serious and dry recitation of the lyrics earned lots of laughter.
“I was just getting into this rap thing. I’m not too good at it, but I was getting into it,” he said at the time.
While Thursday’s episode was new to viewers, it was not taped recently. The production of Jeopardy! has been stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak, as The Inquisitr previously reported. This is especially important due to the fact that Trebek is currently undergoing cancer treatment and is particularly at risk of contracting the virus.