‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Breaks Game Show Record

By Bill McGuire

Jun 13, 2014 7:43pm

Who has hosted more episodes of a single TV game show than anyone?

The answer is Alex Trebek, the avuncular host of “Jeopardy.” The folks at Guinness World Records gave Trebek the award in a show that aired Friday, marking his 6,829th hosting of the show. No one has hosted more game shows, according to the organization.

The 73-year-old Canadian-American has hosted the syndicated game show “Jeopardy!” since 1984.

“The record can, could and probably will be broken by someone else,” he said, referring to Pat Sajak, the host of “Wheel of Fortune,” which appears in the time slot following “Jeopardy!” on many ABC stations. Sajak has hosted his show for three decades, and as Trebek noted, he’s younger at age 67, giving him more time to break the record.

Trebek is widely expected to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 season. Sony Pictures has not yet named a replacement.

Now, here’s your final Jeopardy clue: What is 416,569?

That’s the total number of questions Trebek has fielded on the show since 1984, not counting those he’s asked the contestants in the chit-chat session after the first commercial. Now if we could just add up how many times he’s said, “Good for you!”

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Alex Trebek attends the "Zulu" screening during the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre, April 11, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif. Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage/Getty Images

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