Alex Trebek talks about Daytime 'Jeopardy'

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Sandy Kenyon sat down with the host, Alex Trebek. (WABC)

Part of our new lineup on Channel 7 not only includes the expanded edition of Eyewitness News at Noon, but a special "Daytime Jeopardy" airing at 2:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For 30 full years now, he's been the man with all the answers, then asked for questions, and earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for "The Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter".

Alex Trebek has filmed about 7,000 episodes and still counting.

"Let's not make too much of that. It's just a sign of longevity," Trebek said.

Modest and laid-back are two words that come to mind when meeting Trebek away from the set.

"How long are going to do the show?" Eyewitness News Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon asked.

"I have no idea. I shaved my moustache on a whim. I will leave the show on a whim," Trebek said.

He came here to ABC7 to talk about the new daytime version of "Jeopardy". It features memorable matches featuring some of the most famous contestants like Ken Jennings who was finally beaten after 74 games over four months!

"And I had a tear in my eye, having to say goodbye to him," Trebek said.

He's returned since to win a lot more money although others have won even more, but the host predicts his winning streak will never be equaled.

"Nobody's going to come along and win 74, I don't think," Trebek said.

Watching so many talented people try is part of the appeal of the new daily version of the famous game that will begin with a bang.

"Two of our big champions from last season: Arthur Chu, who managed to alienate a number of viewers, and Julia Collins, who won over a lot of our viewers," Trebek said.

It's a daily, double dose of some have called TV's smartest show.

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