The Host enters his 31st season as the host of the Emmy-award winning Jeopardy.
On September 15, 2014, Alex Trebek celebrates his 31st year as host of the popular game show "Jeopardy."
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Trebek has been hosting the show since 1984, and doesn't plan to leave the show anytime soon after his contract runs out in 2016. He already holds the all time record for the most shows hosted at 6,289 shows and counting. Bob Barker was the previous record holder until Trebek surpassed him earlier this year.
“It’s a fun show to do, and it’s a quality program that I never have to apologize for when I meet people. So there are no downsides.” Trebek said that he wants to continue to host the series for a few more years. His contract expires in 2016.
Trebek also stated that when he does decide to retire from the game show that he has a host in mind to replace him. In May the Hollywood Reporter asked him, “Do you feel confident the show will go on beyond you?” He responded by saying yes, and then mentioned Brad Rutter (the biggest Jeopardy money prize winner of all-time) as a possible replacement host.
"Brad Rutter, who was a contestant in our Battle of the Decades tournament. He’s got a good sense of humor and certainly broad-based knowledge that will help him immensely. And he has the credentials — he’s won two of our big tournaments: 1 million and 2 million dollars. So somebody like Brad."
During his downtime from filming Jeopardy episodes, Trebek enjoys fixing things around his house. “I do electrical stuff, gardening, outdoor furniture cleaning and repair, you name it, I’ll do it,” said the Emmy Award winning host.
He tapes two days a week, five shows a day. Trebek, who is 74-years-old, was asked if he would ever be willing to volunteer as a contestant on the show just to tease fans at how well he would end up doing for one night.
"I'm older now, my reflexes are slower. I couldn't play the games as well," Trebek said. "My memory is not what it used to be. I have forgotten a lot of stuff. I can't recall it as quickly as I used to."
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