Alex Trebek Sets Guinness World Record With Jeopardy! Hosting Gig
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 (one show)."
As of Friday, Trebek, 73, had hosted 6,829 episodes of Jeopardy!, which is now in its 30th season. He signed on to the show when it relaunched in 1984. (Earlier versions of Jeopardy in the 1970s were hosted by Art Fleming, with Don Pardo and John Harlan as announcers.)
"It's an honor to hold the Guinness World Record for hosting Jeopardy!, which I've often said is the best of reality TV," the game show vet said in a statement about the news. In a video accompanying the announcement, he added, "It's a fun show to do, and it's a quality program that I never have to apologize for when I meet people."
Trebek's current contract will keep him on the show until 2016—and for the moment, at least, he's still enjoying the job. "The good news is that as long as I keep hosting the program, I stay ahead of whoever's in second place," he joked of his Guinness record. "Although I want to continue for a few more years, who knows how long it will be?"