“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, the quintessential quizmaster as “Jeopardy!” host for three decades, has died at the age of 80.
The CBS network on Wednesday confirmed Trebek’s death to NBC News, which first reported Trebek’s death.
Trebek began hosting the long-running game show as a line-kick player in the late 1960s. He moved to the anchor chair in 1990 when Ken Jennings became the show’s host.
“I didn’t grow up dreaming of anything but being a professional,” Trebek said in a 1991 interview with CBS News. “It was actually the best decision I ever made. Because if I am ever not doing this, that’s it for me, for the rest of my life.”
Trebek went on to become “Jeopardy!”‘s host, making $700,000 a year in his most recent contract with the show in 2016.
After three decades in the office, Trebek stepped down from the producer chair in 2014 and had served as a special correspondent for CBS News since 2015. He was also behind a family entertainment program he created called “Trebek’s the Best,” in which he hosted live quiz shows throughout the U.S.