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Now Trending: Alex Trebek enters Guinness World Records book for hosting Jeopardy!

Alex Trebek is shown before a taping of Celebrity Jeopardy! to celebrate the 5,000th episode of Jeopardy! at Radio City Music Hall, in this Oct. 5, 2006, photo.



Under the category of Famous Canadians, this proud Canuck has just become the most prolific game-show host in TV history.

The answer: Who is Alex Trebek?

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At 73, the pride of Sudbury has become a Guinness World Record-holder for helming Jeopardy! for the past three decades.

Last Friday, Trebek received an official certificate from the Guinness organizers for "the most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter."

The magic number: 6,829 episodes.

Trebek took over the Jeopardy! hosting duties (following two separate hosting stints by founding host Art Fleming) in 1984 and has since asked contestants more than 416,000 questions.

And in a video commemorating his milestone achievement, Trebek says he's not looking to retire any time soon.

"I want to continue for a few more years," says Trebek in the video. "The good news is as long as I keep hosting the program, I stay ahead of whoever's in second place, and that makes me feel good."

And with nearly 7,000 episodes of Jeopardy! in the can, there are naturally all sorts of Trebek highlights available on YouTube.

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Remember earlier this year when Trebek rapped several of the lyric/clues provided in the category "It's a Rap"?

And remember that awkward occasion on last year's Kids Week competition when Trebek was forced to inform a 12-year-old contestant that his Final Jeopardy! answer was incorrect because it was "misspelled badly"?

Or how about the time a female contestant who accused Trebek of being "insensitive" for making a joke about her deceased pet goat?

But even with those real-life moments, it's likely more people remember Trebek for his 1990 appearance on Cheers, when he was forced to tell mailman Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) that his Final Jeopardy! answer wasn't just wrong, it was also really dumb.

Thanks for the memories, Alex. Long may you run.


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