Alex Trebek, the popular host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! is all about records.
The 74 year old host had previously won the prize for being able to pronounce foreign words better than any politician. And just last year, he was awarded a certificate from Guinness for the "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter" – 6,829 total. That’s a huge number, isn’t it?
The Canadian American TV personality became a Guinness World Record Holder as he had hosted the show Jeopardy! since 1984 and has asked more than 416,000 questions. And now, he has set another record. Not precisely a World Record, but this charismatic television host has become one of the most expensive TV show host. Trebek, who has not retired even at the age of 74, gets a whooping salary of $10 million per year. Wow!!!
The undisputed king of the quiz shows, Trebek’s annual salary is something we can hardly make in a single lifetime. And despite having a net worth of around $50 million, he still working. Even at his mid-70s, the man of action is very much active unlike any other celebrities who struggle to stay put in the show biz at his age.
"I want to continue for a few more years," he once said.
According to CNNmoney, Trebek’s contract, which is coming to an end next year, has been extended till mid-2018. This means his fans will be able to see him on screen till 2018. And who knows, his contract might be renewed again. The announcement about the renewal of his contract was done by the producer of the show, Sony Pictures Television.
Jeopardy! is a quiz show which is immensely popular and has a viewership of 10 million a night. It might be the reason why Sony Pictures and CBS are keeping up with Trebek in order to maintain the same level of success.
According to media reports, the producers of the show really don’t want to mess with the popularity of show as they have decided to keep Trebek despite his intention of retiring in the past.
So surely, the reason behind Trebek’s huge salary is simple; he is most probably one of the most famous TV hosts of all time and Jeopardy! is a very high profile show and Trebek has to shoot a week’s worth of episode in a single day. He deserves what he gets.
Alex Trebek is married to wife Jean Currivan Trebek since 1990 and they have two kids, Matthew and Emily. His was formerly married to Elaine Callei.
Trebek usually appears in as a compensated endorser for Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company in advertisements.