Alex Trebek has now hosted over 6,000 episodes of Jeopardy!, which has earned him a Guinness World Record.
In news that make me feel older than I should be, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has been awarded the Guinness World Record for "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter," as of this Friday. To date, Trebek has hosted 6,892 episodes of the popular trivia show since he started hosting it in 1984. Trebek states in the video embedded that "This is special in the fact that I've been around for a long time, and I've had the good fortune to be associated with a good program like Jeopardy!."
In the video, we see Trebek in his younger days hosting the show for a bit, before present-day Trebek appears on camera to speak out on his latest achievement. "It's a quality program that I never have to apologize for when I meet people, so there are no downsides to this," Trebek notes. Regarding the award, Trebek mentions that it will go up in the stairway leading to his bedroom, which means it will be visible to him everyday.
Fortunately for those who watch the show, Trebek has mentioned that he'll stick to his hosting job as long as he's able to saying , "I told audiences and interviewers in the past that I will stick with it as long as I'm having a good time and as long as I feel my skills haven't diminished too much."
I admit, I haven't been watching Jeopardy! as much as I used to, but I do appreciate what the show brings to the table. In any case, a hearty congrats are in order to Trebek, and may he befuddle more viewers in the coming years.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter