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Jul 13, 2017

As of 2017, it’s been 16 years since Alex Trebek shocked the world by appearing clean-shaven in the 18th season of “Jeopardy!” Aside from one season back two years ago, when he grew a thinner version back again, prompting fan pages and even a Twitter account just for his mustache.

But thanks to audience feedback, as well as his wife’s, by the next season, the ‘stache was gone. And I don’t know about you, but to me, that mustache has and will always represent him. And I’m not the only one to associate the two: Will Ferrell, who has portrayed Alex Trebek numerous times on Saturday Night Live’s “Celebrity Jeopardy!” skits is always seen with the signature ’stache.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Mustache.

Thanks to Nick from the Epic Film Guys for providing a picture of his luscious beard for Monday’s episode art for The Story Behind Beards when I asked for a beard picture in The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook!

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