Jeopardy! announcer, Newport News native earns Guinness World Record

(WVEC) -- Johnny Gilbert has been the "Voice of Jeopardy!" since the show's syndicated debut in 1984. 

Fans of the trivia show have heard Gilbert says "This... is... Jeopardy!" for more than 30 years, and at the end of Thursday night's episode he was awarded for his work. 

Gilbert now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a game show announcer for a single show. 

“I am incredibly honored that my work on Jeopardy! has been recognized with a Guinness World Record,” Gilbert said. “For more than 30 years, I’ve looked forward to coming to work every day. JEOPARDY!’s producers, crew, and contestants make every episode new and exciting and I love being a part of it.”

As of the taping for the episode Gilbert claimed the record with 32 years, 7 months, and 30 days under his belt, and his record is still growing. 

Gilbert and the host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek are the only two people on the show who have been onboard since the beginning. 

“It’s remarkable that, after all these years, Johnny makes the show sound fresh,” said Jeopardy! executive producer Harry Friedman. “Even after more than six decades in show business, his natural enthusiasm still creates an exciting atmosphere for contestants and viewers alike, and it’s a pleasure to work with him.”

Gilbert started his career in high school as a night club singer in Newport News, where he grew up.

Before Jeopardy! Gilbert was an announcer for shows like "The $25,000 Pyramid," "The Joker's Wild," "Tic-Tac-Dough," "Anything for Money," "Every Second Counts," "The Price is Right," and more. 

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