We’ll take “controversial facial hair” for $200, please: Longtime Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek shook things up this week when he unveiled a new beard, and it has fans feeling some kind of way. Trebek debuted the new look on Monday’s 35th anniversary season premiere, and people were quick to notice the change. Although Trebek historically rocked a mustache on the show, he adopted a clean-shaven style a few seasons ago. Until now.
Despite hints from the show’s official Instagram account about Trebek’s face sweater, it still shocked longtime viewers of the game show. And, as people are wont to do, they headed to Twitter to air their emotions.
Not surprisingly, the internet seems divided. A large contingency appears to be into the beard. (count us firmly in this camp, thank you very much):
— A.C. Junior (@OfficialMisterC) September 10, 2018
— Fast Eddy (@FastEddy1053) September 11, 2018
— Courtney Vaughn (@courtneyjvaughn) September 11, 2018
And some are so into it they’re borderline obsessed with it — we get it, folks. We get it.
Dare I say it? Alex trebek is a silver fox when he grows out a good beard?
— expiredblueberries (@expirational) September 11, 2018
Alex Trebek with a beard can GET IT
— LV (@lhvvnrch) September 11, 2018
Can we discuss Alex Trebek with a beard????? Woof. Woof. WOOOOOF! 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/3zRjaYYdrH
— jake. (@papabearjake) September 10, 2018
Alex trebek new beard got me feeling a way pic.twitter.com/rV7Xe8hgkq
— Maltitol Mami 🦂 (@piggyyabih) September 11, 2018
There are those who feel Trebek’s facial hair is a sign of the times.
Wolf Blitzer has a beard. Now Alex Trebek has a beard.
Slowly but surely, Men With Beards are reclaiming their status on television.
It’s happening, y’all.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) September 11, 2018
alex trebek has a beard now???
BEARDED FOLKS THIS IS TRULY OUR TIME!!!! https://t.co/uLHeqPqCoQ
— autumnal cabinet head (@BenJammin73) September 6, 2018
And because change can sometimes be uncomfortable, there were other Jeopardy! fans who were not as into the look as others. They didn’t hold back from voicing their opinions over Trebek’s new beard.
— Ellie (@RaisingEll) September 10, 2018
What the devil?! What did they do with Alex Trebek, and who is this fellow with the beard? pic.twitter.com/LB95hGcKUW
— Michael Staman (@MichaelStamanCS) September 11, 2018
There were also those who remained undecided on the matter, straddling both sides of the argument as diplomatically as possible.
Arghh, it's been a challenging day & a hurricane is coming & I just can't cope with the stress of deciding whether I like Alex Trebek's beard or not. #Jeopardy
— Linda H. Lamb (@lhlamb) September 10, 2018
— Elizabeth Furey (@ElizabethF1985) September 10, 2018
And some fans are just glad Trebek is still alive.
Thought that said “Alex Trebek has died” and I almost freaked out pic.twitter.com/0myCjLJqYr
— Mike Read (@mikeEread) September 9, 2018
Trebek appears to be part of a sweeping trend in Hollywood in which more TV personalities are rocking full facial hair. Just last week, The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert came back from vacation with a white beard.
On Aug. 28, Family Feud host Steve Harvey created buzz when he started sporting new salt-and-pepper facial hair. “I’m gonna see how the beard game go,” Harvey told Entertainment Tonight. “I’m gonna just do something different. I’m gonna stay fly till I die.”
You know what? We’re not mad about any of it. As far as Jeopardy‘s host is concerned, we say long live #AlexTrebeard.