'Jeopardy!' gets new record-breaking hall of famer, keeps host Trebek for one more season

James Holzhauer shattered his 2-week-old record with a $131,127 night, while Alex Trebek is returning despite his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Published April 18

Your clue:

This Canadian-born game show host was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but said he’s in good health and doesn’t plan to miss work.

The answer:

Who is Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek.

Wednesday night was a big one for fans of long-running quiz show Jeopardy!

Not only did contestant James Holzhauer shatter the single-game winnings record he set just last week, but Trebek announced he would return for the shows 36th season, which begins filming in July and is set to air in September.

Trebek’s announcement is especially significant given that he last month announced he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The host made the announcement as season 35 taping wrapped.

“I’ve always tried to be straight with you and I’m not going to stop now,” Trebek said Wednesday in a video posted to the show’s social media accounts. “Despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy and we, by ‘we’ I mean staff, is already working on our next season the 36th year of Jeopardy. So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff.”

Trebek, 78, has hosted the award-winning game show since 1984, when it was revived in its fourth iteration. He is slated to host until 2022, when his current contract runs out.

And as if Trebek’s announcement wasn’t enough, the show’s latest star, 34-year-old Holzhauer, set a new single-game winning record by scoring $131,127 in his 10th straight win Wednesday.

The Las Vegas-based professional gambler initially broke the previous record of $77,000 on April 9 with a total of $110,914. The old record had been in place since Roger Craig earned it in September 2010. Holzhauer, who said he often makes wagers based on significant dates in his life, said his initial record setter was important because it reflected his daughters birthday, Nov. 9, 2014, or 11/09/14.

Wednesday’s win brings Holzhauer’s total earnings to $697,787, making him second in highest winnings in regular season play. He currently sits behind Jeopardy! Legend Ken Jennings, who earned $2,520,700 during a 74-episode win streak in 2004.

Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com. Follow @danuscripts.

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