‘Jeopardy!’: Alex Trebek Compared Himself to Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter When Asked About Breaking Records

by Will Shepard
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Alex Trebek will always be one of the most beloved game show hosts ever. His 37 years as the host of Jeopardy! will always be a memorable feat.

One of the many things that stands out about the legendary Jeopardy! host’s career is one record in particular. He holds the record for the most episodes of a game show hosted by the same presenter. In 2014, when Trebek set this record, he had filmed 6,829 episodes.

So, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter from 2014, Trebek talked about the record. While the interview was incredibly broad, one question, in particular, stands out. First, he was asked if he had spoken to Bob Barker about breaking his long-standing record.

“No, we haven’t had any communication about this,” Trebek explained. “I had lunch with Bob a few months ago, and we’ve been meaning to get back together for another lunch, but no. You know, it’s funny, when you’re hosting a program like Jeopardy! for this long, you don’t necessarily think about records.”

Alex Trebek Compared His “Jeopardy!” Career to Two MLB Legends – Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter

But, Trebek continued to explain the record he had just broken. He continued to talk about how he never really thought about the record he was breaking. In doing so, he related his accomplishment to two famous baseball players.

“If you pay attention to some of the athletes competing now, Albert Pujols for the Los Angeles Angels is about to set a record past a certain mile point — I think it’s 400 home runs, something like that — and there are other players out there who are about to pass milestones, but they don’t really think about it that much in advance.”

Albert Pujols, in 2014, was entering elite territory. He just kept plugging on, though, and just like Trebek pushed on past that marker. Now, he has well over 600 home runs. But, the Jeopardy! host carried on with the analogy.

“Derek Jeter for the Yankees passed — what was it? — 3,000 hits or something for the Yankees this past year, and you just do your job.” The Jeopardy! host kept describing the comparison, “Are you happy doing your job? Yeah. I’m not standing here saying, ‘Boy, if I could just last another year, I could set a record and be in the Guinness Record Book.’ It doesn’t operate that way. I’m just enjoying what I’m doing; I’m happy to have a job. I like the show, I like the contestants, and it pays well.”

Derek Jeter had done what no other baseball player had been able to do – just like Trebek.

When Alex Trebek filmed his last episode of Jeopardy!, he had filmed 8,127 episodes of the game show. While undoubtedly impressive, he was caught by Wheel of Fortune star Pat Sajak in 2019.

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