Alex Trebek is the host of the ever-popular television game show “Jeopardy.” On Friday, Trebek will set the Guinness World Record for having hosted the most game show episodes by the same presenter on one game show. ABC News is reporting on Tuesday that, as of Friday, Trebek has hosted 6,829 episodes of the “Jeopardy” game show.
The show has been on television in its present form for some thirty years as it began in the current form in 1984. In September, the show will be beginning its 31st season. Due to the popularity of the program, there is no sign of the show stopping or changing from its popular form any time soon.
Trebek, 73, made a statement regarding the honor from Guinness World Record in which he said that it is an honor to hold the Guinness World Record for hosting “Jeopardy.” He went on to assert that he’s often said that “Jeopardy” is the best of reality television. Trebek is under contract to host the show until 2016. However, last year, he said that reports of his imminent retirement were not true. He apparently does not plan on retiring.
Trebek has said that everybody is speculating on his retirement, but he doesn’t know why they are doing that. He called the notion that he is retiring “silly.” He claims that somebody asked him if he has given any thoughts to retiring and he said, “Yes, I’ve given thoughts to retiring.” From that, he says that everybody assumes he’s retiring. He said that isn’t the case at all. He has just been thinking about it and says, “Allow me to think about it.”
The television game show host says that when his retirement does ultimately come, he says it will be without a lot of buildup, according to the Los Angeles Times. He says, “There won’t be any fanfare. It’ll be like the time I shaved my mustache on a whim. I’ll just ask the director to leave me 20 or 30 seconds at the end of the program to say a few words and I’ll say a few words and thank people and be on my way.” Of course, with every new episode of the show he is on, he makes the record harder for contenders to beat.