His Career Spans Over Three Decades
Alex Trebek could be a trivia question on his own game show now. On Friday, June 13, the Jeopardy! host set a Guinness World Record for "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter."
Last Friday evening marked Alex Trebek's 6,829th episode of Jeopardy! The 73-year-old host of "America's Favourite Quiz Show" has been asking questions — or, more specifically, giving answers in search of questions — for 30 seasons of the show, without taking a single sick day. His impressive streak earned him the Guinness World Record for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter (same programme).
Since taking over the job in 1984, Trebek has asked contestants 416,569 official Jeopardy! questions, ABC News reported.
"It's an honor to hold the Guinness World Record for hosting Jeopardy!, which I've often said is the best of reality TV," Sudbury, Ont.-born Trebek said of the record. "We have had incredible support from our viewers for the past 30 years, and without them, I wouldn't have set this record."
Trebek's new record is just one of many for the beloved quiz show. Jeopardy! holds the record for most Emmy awards won by a TV game show: 29 between 1988 and 2011. Jeopardy! producer Harry Friedman holds the record for most game show nominations, at 37.
"This is special in the fact that it means I've been around for a long time," Trebek joked in a Guinness World Record interview. "I have a couple of walls now that are dedicated to certificates, awards and all kinds of important photos —significant photos — from my career that I look at every once in a while ... This one will go up alongside the others."
And 2011's computer-contestant "Watson" holds the record for "highest score by a computer" on the show.
Trebek's current contract will keep him on the show until 2016—and for the moment, at least, he's still enjoying the job
Trebek first got in front of a camera in 1961 as a journalist with the CBC and hosted six game shows before landing his current gig on Jeopardy.
"I want to continue for a few more years," Trebek said in the video. "The good news is as long as I keep hosting the program, I stay ahead of whoever's in second place, and that makes me feel good."