There’s no doubt Alex Trebek has had one of the most iconic careers in Hollywood. Besides the fact that he’s been the longtime host of Jeopardy, the 79-year-old has been bringing home a hefty paycheck for the last 35 years he’s been part of the beloved game show.
As Deadline revealed in 2018, Alex — along with Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak and Vanna White — signed a new contract, meaning both game shows will stay on the air through 2022. That means, per Celebrity Net Worth, he’ll continue making $18 million each season and upping that impressive net worth of $75 million to new heights.
According to the outlet, Alex makes about $391,000 for each taping day, while bringing home around $78,000 per actual episode. Alex is said to pocket this large amount thanks to Jeopardy‘s schedule of taping 46 days each year and filming five episodes per every shoot day.
Although fans of the Emmy winner saw no end in sight to his decades-long career, Alex might have to say goodbye to Jeopardy sooner than we thought. Ever since revealing his battle with pancreatic cancer this past March, Alex has been extremely open with his adoring fans regarding the status of his gig on Jeopardy.
Despite the fact that Alex previously mentioned his health was improving amid his battle with cancer, the TV personality revealed in late September that doctors were putting him back on chemotherapy. His physicians hoped Alex would respond well to immunotherapy, but were faced with the stark reality of this terrible disease when his numbers went “much higher than they were when” he was first diagnosed.
“I was doing so well. And my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer. So we were all very optimistic,” he candidly shared during an interview on Good Morning America at the time, adding that doctors knew something was wrong when he dropped 12 pounds in one week. “And my numbers went sky high. So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing.”
Fans are hoping Alex will overcome his battle with cancer considering he’s insisted many times he has no interest in retiring. While chatting with Closer Weekly in a previous interview, the former The Wizard of Odds host — who has been receiving endless support from wife Jean Currivan Trebek on his road to recovery — gushed about his longtime gig.
“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 Closer in August 2018. “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.”
We hope Alex continues to host the beloved game show we all know and love. Stay strong!