Alex Trebek has hosted nearly 8,000 episodes of 'Jeopardy!' over 35 years. Here's a look at the 6-time Emmy Award winner's long career

  • Alex Trebek has been the host of the “Jeopardy!” game show for 35 years.
  • Trebek began his career at CBC and NBC before working for the Game Show Network.
  • Trebek holds the record for most episodes of a game show hosted, and currently reportedly earns a salary of $US10 million a year.

Alex Trebek has been the host of “Jeopardy!” for 35 years and has been hosting game shows for over 50 years. That amounts to nearly 8,000 hosted episodes, according to the game show’s official site.

After starting his television career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Trebek went on to host dozens of shows along with securing his recurring role as the host of game show “Jeopardy!” in 1984. The show originally debuted in 1964.

Despite rumours of his retirement, Trebek’s contract is effective until 2022, which was reaffirmed in a recent video message in which he announced his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek said he plans to beat the disease, as he is in contract to host “Jeopardy!” for another three years.

Read more: ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Amidst a long list of achievements, Trebek holds the record for the longest game show host, along with six total Emmy Awards.

He has also made countless cameos on popular television shows, from “Golden Girls” to “How I Met Your Mother.”

Keep reading for a look at Trebek’s career, from his college CBC days to his most recent accomplishments.


Canadian television personality Alex Trebek has been a game show host for over 50 years.


Born George Alexander Trebek, Trebek grew up in Sudbury, Ontario in 1940. The city is the fifth-largest in Canada by land size, and is roughly 250 miles north of Toronto.

Source: CBC, TV Guide, World Atlas


Trebek attended the University of Ottawa …

Jordan Schulz/FlickrThe University of Ottawa main campus.

Source: CBC


… where he began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He worked as a journalist and sports announcer before transitioning to hosting shows such as “Music Hop” in the 1960s.

Source: CBC


After moving to the United States, Trebek debuted as the host of the game show “High Rollers” …

Source: Biography


… before he began hosting “Jeopardy!” in 1984.

Frank Lennon/Toronto Star/Getty ImagesTrebek in 1988, a few years after he began hosting.

Source: Biography


“Jeopardy!” is by far Trebek’s most successful show. It has aired over 7,000 episodes during its 35-year lifetime.

Source: INSIDER, Bloomberg


Despite its many episodes, the show only tapes 46 days out of the year, fitting multiple episodes in on these days to be aired later.

Josh Noel/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty ImagesA previous podium of Trebek’s with a sample sheet and other items on display outside the ‘Jeopardy!’ studio.

Source: Bloomberg


In 1994, the Game Show Network launched as the newest cable network, and began broadcasting “Jeopardy!” and other classic game shows.

Source: Reuters


Trebek married Elaine Callei in 1974. The couple divorced in 1981 and has no children.

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Source: Biography


In 1990, Trebek married Jean Currivan. The couple has adult two children, Matthew and Emily.

ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ / Stringer / Getty Images

Source: People


Trebek’s family was present for his induction to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.

Source: Reuters


Trebek also received a star on the Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2006 …

Source: Canada’s Walk of Fame


… and is the winner of six Daytime Emmy Awards, including five for Outstanding Game Show Host …

Source: Variety, CNN


… and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Trebek received the award alongside fellow longtime game show host Pat Sajak.

Source: Reuters


Trebek was also awarded a Peabody Award for “Jeopardy!” the following year in 2012.

Source: Reuters


In 2014, Trebek was awarded a Guinness World Record for the most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter. With 6,829 episodes hosted at the time, he surpassed Bob Barker’s record for “Price Is Right.”

E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment / Getty ImagesTrebek celebrating with a Guinness World Record cake and a display of the show’s Emmy Awards in 2005.

Source: Guinness World Records, Global News


Will Ferrell famously portrayed Alex Trebek’s iconic role during his time on SNL for the recurring “Celebrity Jeopardy!” skits. Trebek himself made a guest appearance in 2002.

Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesFrom left to right, Will Ferrell, Alex Trebek, and SNL actors Dean Edwards, Jimmy Fallon, Winona Ryder, and Darrell Hammond.

Source: Reuters


Trebek has also made many other television appearances over the years, usually as himself. He has appeared on shows such as “Golden Girls,” “Cheers,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and most recently “Orange is the New Black.”

Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty ImagesTrebek on an episode of ‘Golden Girls’ in 1992.

Source: IMDb


Today, 79-year-old Trebek reportedly earns a $US10 million salary.

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Source: CNN


On March 6, he announced that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but that he intends to “fight” it. He’s had previous health complications including surgery for blood clots in 2018 and a minor heart attack in 2007.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Source: Bloomberg


Trebek previously named several possible replacements as the host of “Jeopardy!”, including NHL announcer Alex Faust and CNN analyst Laura Coates.

Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)Laura Coates in 2017.

Source: The New York Times

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