Answer: This is what Alex Trebek makes each year as he sits at his podium and hosts Jeopardy Question: What is an unbelievable amount? The 77-year-old has hosted the syndicated game show for 33 years now, and he shows no signs of stopping. Why would he, though, when he earns such a huge salary?
As The Hollywood Reporter revealed in 2014, Alex makes $10 million per year hosting Jeopardy. In May 2017, the emcee signed a two-year contract extension along with Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak and Vanna White, meaning both game shows will stay on the air until at least the 2019-2020 season.
Sony Pictures Television clearly lucked out with these long-standing game shows — Jeopardy draws in 9.4 million weekly viewers on average, while Wheel of Fortune averages 10.2 million. “Pat, Vanna, and Alex are beloved by generations of TV viewers, and the enduring popularity of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy is a testament to their incredible talents,” Harry Friedman, an executive producer on both shows, said in a statement earlier this year.
Luckily for Alex, he doesn’t seem to be tired of his job — or that ubiquitous “think” music from the Final Jeopardy round. “It’s just part of Jeopardy, so it doesn’t bother me,” he told the Archive of American Television in 2011. “I’m familiar with it. I don’t go around humming it or anything like that.” (Hey, we’d listen to that tune ad infinitum if it meant we could take home $10 mil a year!)
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“Getting to be a part of a show that I’ve watched since I could talk was already an amazing experience, and the thought of my name being mentioned alongside all-time greats like Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, Julia Collins, David Madden, Matt Jackson, and Arthur Chu—to name just a few—is unbelievable to me. I feel like I’m nowhere near as good as any of those folks, so it’s a humbling honor.” -Seth Wilson
Alex similarly revealed in a recent interview with Closer Weekly that he has no plans to retire anytime soon. "I’ll keep hosting as long as my skills haven’t diminished and I still enjoy it. The thought of retiring occurs to me every so often, but so far I am still enjoying it," he exclusively told us. "Over 50 years ago, I hosted a local quiz show in Toronto called Reach for the Top, and now I am hosting one of the biggest game shows in television history. There isn’t anything out there that I would trade for this job."