Alex Trebek Confirms Canadians Can No Longer Try Out For ‘Jeopardy!’
Canadians looking to try out for Jeopardy! will be surprised to learn on the show’s FAQ page that it can no longer accept their applications.
Canadians Left Out Of Jeopardy!
“At this time we are precluded from accepting registration information from Canadian residents,” reads the updated FAQ. “We are currently evaluating this matter.”
The change to the FAQ page was made last week. With it making headlines this week, host Alex Trebek – a Canadian himself – confirmed the bad news. He explained that it’s Canada’s online privacy laws that have forced Jeopardy! to exclude Canadians – at least for the time being.
“It is true that for the most recent Jeopardy! contestant tryouts, Canadians were precluded from taking the online test, since the show must now comply with new rules set down by the Canadian government,” Trebek wrote.
The longtime host added, “We have had many Canadians as contestants throughout the history of the show, and we hope that will continue, because Canadians make great game show contestants. We look forward to having more try out as soon as we are sure we can comply with all Canadian online privacy laws.”
Jeopardy! producers reassured Canada’s aspiring Jeopardy! contestants that the show is doing everything it can to return to allowing Canadians to participate in the game show’s tryouts.
“As international laws governing how information is shared over the internet are ever-changing and complex, we are currently investigating how we can accept registrations from potential Canadian contestants,” reads the producers statement. “The Jeopardy! Adult, Teen, and College tests have already taken place this year, and we are making every effort to find a solution before the next round of testing is available.”
Canadians who have already been accepted into the contestant pool will not be disqualified from the competition.
Jeopardy! airs nightly on ABC at 7 p.m. EST.