Alex Trebek, the host of the ubiquitous television game show Jeopardy has locked a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as most game show episodes hosted by the same host. Alex goes down in history as the first television host to clock in 6,829 segments on the long-running game show.
Seventy-three-year-old Trebek, who has been with the long-running quiz show for 30 years since its return to television in 1984, is currently still under contract with the syndicated program through 2016. Trebek is set to launch his 31-year career, with the show this September, despite rumors that the host was considering retiring from television soon. An earlier daytime incarnation of the show ran on NBC formerly hosted by Art Fleming. In total, Jeopardy has been on television for 50 years.
On his place in the book of world records, Trebek says he is honored and considers his longtime job as a quality program that is as much fun as it is for viewers to engage and match wits. Jeopardy has been listed as TV Guide’s number one game show of all time having collected 30 Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for best game show. Jeopardy has caught on internationally and is produced in a number of foreign countries across the globe.
Jeopardy pits three players against each other who chose categories of varying levels of difficulty. What makes Jeopardy different from other programs in the quiz show genre is that host Alex Trebek gives contestants the answers, which leaves participants to respond with a question. Over the years, Jeopardy has given away big cash prizes. Back in 2004, the show would capture a renewed interest when a single player stayed undefeated for a record 74 games. Ken Jennings would ultimately lose his winning streak but walked away from the game with approximately over $2.5 million.
The television personality began his broadcasting career in his native Canada where he started working as a newscaster for the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC). Alex Trebek would find himself immigrating to the United States and gain success hosting a variety of television game shows including Card Sharks and the $128,000 Question before being tapped by television impresario Merv Griffin to take up hosting duties of the newly revamped Jeopardy. Throughout his career, Alex Trebek has received a string of Emmy Awards including an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Jeopardy. Trebek was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and plaque on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
While Alex Trebek may want to sit back and rest on the laurels of being on record as the longest running host of a single television game show, there is another television personality on record of having the most clocked hosting hours in all of television. Regis Philbin easily holds the unbeaten record of television hours logged with a noted 17,000 hours. Regis Philbin has worked across various television formats including talk, lifestyle, news, and game shows. After over 50 years in front of the television cameras, Regis Philbin retired from the airwaves back in 2011 when he officially stepped down from his long-running daytime talk show, Live with Regis and Kelly and the popular quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
By Hal Banfield