It seems that every other day, our iconic Host Alex Trebek is being honored for something. And most recently, it’s his birthday. The cast and crew from Jeopardy! threw a small birthday bash for the Canadian-born TV personality. During the fiesta, the Jeopardy! team gathered birthday wishes from Alex’s fans on Facebook and turned them into a card. He was overjoyed with excitement and gratitude: “I am touched that so many people took the time to send me birthday wishes. It means a lot, especially when you’re as old as I am! Thanks.” You can all see the birthday wishes on the Jeopardy! Facebook page.
While Alex is best known for his award-winning hosting duties on America’s Favorite Quiz Show®, he has also manned the helm for such shows as The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Classic Concentration and To Tell the Truth.
As the host of Jeopardy! for 30 seasons, Alex has earned five Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host. The Daytime Emmys also honored him in 2011 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. But the Emmys aren’t the only trophies sitting on his mantle. In 2014, Alex earned a Guinness World Record title for “Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter (One Show).” He also has his own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. And if you’re ever passing through LA, you can stop by and snap a selfie with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (located at 6501 Hollywood Blvd.).
Happy birthday, Alex. Thanks for an amazing 30 years as Host of Jeopardy!
Can you believe it? 30 years of Jeopardy! Over this time a lot has changed, and we’re not just talking about Alex’s moustache. In 1984, when the show first aired, our very own Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympics (leading the medal count with 174). In 1989, as we were well into our 5th season, the world watched on as the Berlin Wall came crashing down. At 10 years, grunge and “gangster” rap were topping the charts in music while the hit show “Friends” was just starting out.
In our 20th year, NASA landed two rovers on the red planet, Facebook launched and that famous show “Friends” wrapped it final season. And now after 30 years, technology has become such a pivotal part of everyone’s lives. But with all this change in the world, we still feel the one quality that has made Jeopardy! such a lasting hit is its simplicity. People love to answer questions — only in our case it’s the answers they’re questioning.
Thanks everyone for 30 amazing years!
Wow, what a life our iconic host has led! Once a nightclub singer and comic, Johnny has practically worked in every aspect of show biz, from on stage to on camera. In high school, the Virginia native started his career as a singer with a dance band in Newport News, VA. As a stage entertainer, Johnny travelled around the country and around the world with the US Army. He finally broke into television as the MC and featured singer on WDSU in New Orleans — during this time he recorded several singles. But the passionate Johnny wanted more, so he headed west to Los Angeles where he landed his first on-screen role in “Gidget Goes to Hawaiian.”
After finding success in LA, Johnny headed back east to NYC where he worked on many shows, including “The Price is Right,” “Fast Draw” and his very own variety show, “The Johnny Gilbert Show.” But 1984 was the year that he’d help us make history when he became Jeopardy!’s first and only announcer. Thanks for 30 years of amazing episodes. We wish you the best on your big day!
Wow, what a year! Season 30 was nothing shy of amazing.
During this monumental year, Arthur Chu stepped up and bounced right into the Jeopardy! record books.
But it wasn’t long before Julia Collins breezed right by with a smile, becoming the number-two most-winning contestant (in regular competition).
We also gave the fans a chance to participate in Battle of the Decades by letting them vote to see who should fill the final spot for each decade.
Oh yeah, and we took home another Daytime Emmy® for Outstanding Game Show.
But before we call it quits on this season, we have one more exciting set of episodes coming your way: the Teen Tournament. Be sure to tune in July 21 – August 1 to watch these burgeoning brains battle for a $75,000 grand prize.
And again, thanks for an incredible season.
You’ve seen Jimmy, Kelly and Sarah delivering clues from around the world, but who are these savvy globetrotters?
First, there’s Jimmy McGuire, cross-fit aficionado and aspiring drummer. Now in his 13th year as a member of the Clue Crew, Jimmy never in his wildest dreams thought he’d become an integral part of one of his favorite shows.
Then there’s Sarah Whitcomb Foss, who’s also been with the Clue Crew since 2001. During this time, she’s travelled to more than 32 countries and has visited all seven continents.
And the third and newest member of the crew is Kelly Miyahara, who’s been with Jeopardy! for eight years. Some of her favorite moments as a member of the Clue Crew have been traveling with Alex and participating in his USO Tours throughout Japan and Europe.
Thanks to the fabulous Clue Crew, we’re able to bring you great, new clues from places we’ve only dreamed of visiting.
Over two exciting, excruciating and inspiring days more than 300 sports buffs gave it their all for the chance at a coveted contestant spot on Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick. Hosted at our Sony Studios lot in Culver City, the hopefuls put their rally caps on and brought some serious smarts. Think you know sports? Get in the game and apply to be a contestant today.
Quizzer Extends “Most Emmy® Awards Won By a T.V. Game Show” Record
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (June 22, 2014) – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored JEOPARDY! today with a Daytime Emmy® for Outstanding Game Show at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Today’s win marks America’s Favorite Quiz Show®’s 14th award in this category, the most of any game show in history, and adds to its Guinness World Record® title for the most Emmy® awards won by a TV game show (31 Emmy® Awards overall). It has been nominated for Outstanding Game Show 29 times throughout the show’s 30-year run in syndication.
“I’d like to thank NATAS, as well as everyone who voted for us this year,” said executive producer Harry Friedman, who holds the Guinness World Records® title for Most Emmy® Award Nominations for a Game Show Producer. “It’s an honor to receive this award from our peers, and to be nominated alongside the other excellent programs in this category.”
Earlier this year, JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek claimed his own Guinness World Records® title for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter (One Show).
The 2014 JEOPARDY! Daytime Emmy® Award winners are as follows:
Lisa Broffman, Rocky Schmidt
Michele Loud, Billy Wisse
John Duarte, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius
For more information about the Daytime Emmy® Awards, please visit http://emmyonline.com/daytime.
JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show® and its host, Alex Trebek, are celebrating 30 years of “answers and questions.” The top-rated quiz show in syndication, JEOPARDY! has become a pop culture phenomenon and holds the Guinness World Record for the most Emmy awards won by a TV game show (31 Emmys). In 2014, JEOPARDY! won the inaugural Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Writing for Quiz and Audience Participation; it is also the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award. JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; it is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp. For more information, please visit Jeopardy.com.
Did you happen to tune in to America’s Favorite Quiz Show® on June 13? If you didn’t, you can re-live Alex’s big moment as he gets inducted into Guinness World Records for the “Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter” — that’s 6,795 episodes for those who haven’t been keeping up.
But Alex isn’t the only one from the Jeopardy! family to be honored with an award from the folks at Guinness World Records. In 2013, Executive Producer Harry Friedman was recognized by the record-setting group for the “Most Emmy® Award Wins By a Game Show Producer.”
Here’s to 6,795, Alex, and many more to come. Congratulations!
Kelly: The Clue Crew has visited countless gift shops over the years. We often like to do a little shopping, perhaps to add to Sarah’s magnet collection, grab a gift for Jimmy’s daughter or to discover a new ornament for my Christmas tree.
One of my favorite souvenirs to pick up is actually something very simple: Postcards. I have sent my family a postcard from every place I have traveled with Jeopardy!, and my parents keep a book of them all, just as my Grandma did when she was alive.
When we filmed at the USS Iowa, I had the pleasure of shooting clues with Alex. That means I had the pleasure of spending time with Renee and Sandy, the lovely team who make Alex look fantastic. We always have a great time on set. They are beautiful people, inside and out.
Nashville’s Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the original in ancient Greece. As you’ll see in the category, they sell a small version as a keepsake for you to take home.
Alex and I enjoyed our day at The Getty Center in Los Angeles. We spend so much time traveling and enjoying the world’s sites that it’s nice to appreciate the wonderful places in our own backyard. At their gift shop, Alex opted for sunglasses to help ease the bright sun off the reflector board, and I was happy to grab a pair also. Sometimes it’s so bright, our eyes water as we try to avoid squinting. However, as I learned quickly in entertainment, good light is the key to good looks. ;)
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