Longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was just awarded a Guinness World Record for his achievements on television. What was the category? “Most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter,” with his final tally being 6,829 episodes of Jeopardy under his belt.
Trebek is 73 (wow, I would never have guessed), and has asked over 400,000 questions during his tenure on the show, which began in 1984. Trebek spoke about his possible retirement, and what the award means to him.
“I want to continue for a few more years,” and he said the honor “is the kind of record that can be replaced. 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.” Who would have thought the game show host had such a competitive streak in him?
There’s actually a video of Trebek receiving the award which you can check out below. Trebek’s hosting career began way back in 1963 when he hosted a Canadian music program called “Music Hop.” From there he went on to host shows like Reach for the Top, Double Dare, The $128,000 Question, High Rollers, Battlestars, Pitfall and finally Jeopardy, when all was said and done. Obviously that’s the one he stuck with, and what turned him into the legendary host he is today. I’m still trying to figure out who is number two behind him. I would have guessed Bob Barker, before he left Price is Right, but I’m not sure. Anyway, watch the video of a very happy Trebek being honored by Guinness below.
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