Alex Trebek Won’t Be Retiring From ‘Jeopardy!’ Anytime Soon

Pat Sajak and Vanna White are sticking around, too.

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  • Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek extended his contract through 2022.
  • Previously, he hinted he was thinking of retiring after his contract expired in 2020.
  • Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White are also staying on through 2022.

    Earlier this year, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek hinted he might want to retire in 2020. But it turns out he’s had a change of heart, because he’s decided to extend his contract through at least 2022, reports. He has hosted the game show since 1984.

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    Previously, Trebek had said his chances of staying were “50/50, a little less,” and he suggested either hockey announcer Alex Faust or CNN legal analyst Laura Coates as his replacement. The longtime star, 78, had taken some time off from the show earlier in the year for blood clots on his brain.

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    Trebek isn't the only beloved game show host to extend his contract, either. Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White followed suit, as well (they all work with Sony Pictures Television on their shows). Jeopardy! has run for 35 seasons, while Wheel has run for 36. Sajak even joked about his renewal on Twitter.

    Thought I was signing a reply to a fan letter. Turns out I renewed my “Wheel” deal through the 2021-22 season. You really should read things first.

    — Pat Sajak (@patsajak)

    “Pat, Vanna and Alex are simply the best,” Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins said in a statement. “Night after night, they seamlessly entertain generations of fans on two of the most beloved television programs on air. We are thrilled that they’ll continue to do so through 2022.”

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    And fans were thrilled their favorite hosts were sticking around, too.

    That is great! Hopefully I might see more of you, and

    — Jonathan Peter Ashbeck (@JonathanAshbeck)

    Shouldn't the announcement have been something like:

    Alex Trebek has done this so that the world can exhale.

    — Helene Meisler (@hmeisler)

    I’ll take “We Can All Relax Now” for $500, Alex.

    Good work, , extending Alex Trebek through 2022! I hope his new contract is a Daily Double every day.



    — Houses and Me (@housesandme)

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