Alex Trebek, Sudbury-born Jeopardy! host, sets world record

The Jeopardy! game show marked a significant milestone when it ran its 6,829th episode this week.

Jeopardy! star Alex Trebek sets Guinness World Record for most game show episodes hosted

Alex Trebek this week hosted the 6,829th episode of the game show Jeopardy!, setting a world record for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter. According to a news release issued by Guinness World Records, Trebek has been a mainstay of the show for all 30 seasons and has never missed an episode due to illness. There has only been one episode of the show that has been hosted by a different presenter — an April Fool's Day special in 1997 which saw Alex switched places with Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak. (Guinness World Records)

The Jeopardy! game show marked a significant milestone when it ran its 6,829th episode this week.

Host Alex Trebek set a world record for the most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter for the same program.

In a video released by Guinness World Records, Trebek said, "It's a fun show to do, and it's a quality program that I never have to apologize for when I meet people."

According to Jeopardy's website, Trebek was first noticed by American viewers in 1973 when he hosted the NBC game show Wizard of Odds. After several other hosting roles, Trebek was chosen to host Jeopardy! in 1984. He was a hit with viewers and quickly became a pop culture icon.

Trebek has been honoured with a coveted star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, making him one of only a handful of entertainers honoured by both the United States and Canada.

In 2013, Trebek was ranked eighth in a Reader's Digest poll of the 100 Most Trusted People in America.

Born and raised in Sudbury, Trebek earned two degrees in philosophy from the University of Ottawa. Interested in a broadcasting news career, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation early on, covering national news and special events for radio and television. With the growing popularity of game shows, he eventually segued into the role of host.


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