When it comes to syndicated game shows, there are no two more iconic than Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, and Vanna White have been bringing trivia and wordplay tests to the small screen for decades now, and it's hard to imagine the world of game shows without them. Luckily, we don't need to worry that any of those folks will leave the airwaves any time soon. The core trio have all renewed their contracts for multiple years. I'll take awesome news for a billion, Alex!
Alex Trebek of Jeopardy and Pat Sajak and Vanna White of Wheel of Fortune have all renewed their contracts for another two seasons. THR reports that all three will stick around their shows through the 2019-2020 seasons. The Wheel of Fortune costume department better start looking for another couple years' worth of dresses for Vanna! I shudder to think of a Wheel of Fortune that doesn't involve a seemingly endless supply of frocks for Vanna White.
I'm not sure what Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune could do without the core trio. Shows like The Price Is Right and Family Feud have been able to survive the departures of longtime hosts, but I don't know that Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune possibly could. At the very least, I'd miss watching the poised Alex Trebek rapping his way through clues and powering past ridiculous answers with a more or less straight face. Then, there's Pat Sajak and his job to keep the banter going even after contestants make astonishingly off-base guesses. And who could possibly look classier than Vanna White when it comes to revealing letters? I know I couldn't.
Rumor had it not so long ago that Alex Trebek was going to move on from Jeopardy after he hit 30 years as host. Luckily, he did not leave after 30 years. He's still going strong with Jeopardy in his 33rd year as host, and he'll be around for at least a couple more now. Who knows? Maybe he'll hit 40. Hopefully by the time he does leave, the technology will exist to invent a Trebek-bot so that he can kinda sorta keep hosting. We can only wait and see how long he, Pat Sajak, and Vanna White will keep going strong on the game show circuit.
Both shows certainly are going strong. Jeopardy holds the Guinness World Record for the most Emmys won by a TV game show, which currently numbers at 34. It draws a healthy 9.4 million viewers each week. Wheel of Fortune attracts an average of 10.2 million viewers each week. As long as the numbers hold up, we can bet that there will be a place on TV for both shows.