‘Jeopardy!’ Holds Guinness Record For Most Emmy Awards Won

by Thad Mitchell
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As one of the most popular game shows to ever hit television, Jeopardy! has won its fair share of awards and accolades.

The hit quiz show holds the Guinness Record for most Emmy Award wins — a testament to the show’s acclaim. The show has 39 Emmy Award wins in several different categories making it America’s most awarded game show. Six of these Emmy award wins belong to long time Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

The late game show host began his tenure in 1984 and would go on to host the show for 37 years. He was still hosting Jeopardy! at the time of his death and filmed his last episode just days before his passing. At 80-years-old, Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer last year on November 8.

Among Trebek’s other notable award wins is the National Academy of Television Arts and Science Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Trebek also has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canada Walk of Fame. He also holds the Guinness World Record Most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter.

Long time Jeopardy Executive Producer Harry Friedman also has several awards to his name, including 14 Emmy Award wins. Freidman, 74, served as the executive producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune for 21 years (1999 to 2020). Like Trebek, he also has a long list of awards he has achieved throughout his lengthy career as a producer. Also like Trebek, he won the National Academy of Television Arts and Science Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He holds the Guinness World Record for Most game show episodes produced.

Long time Jeopardy! announcer Johnny Gilbert holds the Guinness World record for Longest career as a game show announcer for the same show.

While the game show will never be the same without Trebek, Jeopardy! remains a heavily watched television program. Show executives have turned to celebrity guest hosts to fill in for Trebek until a permanent host is selected. Former contestant Ken Jennings, current executive director Mike Richards and journalist Katie Couric have each had a turn as host. NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is set to take over as guest host in the coming weeks.