Longest-standing TV shows with the same host

They keep adding years to their TV careers or they’ve retired recently. These “immortals” of television have been hosting the same program for at least 30 years.


Bonus: Jordi Hurtado – Saber y ganar (Spain – 20 years)

20 years look like nothing next to the rest of the hosts on this list but Jordi Hurtado is “immortal” to Spaniards. Not only because he’s been the host of Saber y ganar (literally, to know and to win) for 20 years but also because it looks like he hasn’t aged one bit.

Just like Chuck Norris, Jordi Hurtado has become the Spanish king of memes joking about his alleged immortality and eternal youth.

He only left the show for a month due to a health problem and came back with the same enthusiasm he’s famous for.


Alex Trebek – Jeopardy! (United States – 33 years)

Alex Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! for 33 years and counting: he’s signed a contract until 2020.

The iconic American show has never had any other host but the Canadian.


Bob Barker – The Price is Right (United States – 35 years)

The Price is Right has had adaptations all over the world. In the United States, it’s been on for decades.

With a new version that started in 1972 (called at first The New Price is Right), it got a new host: the legendary Bob Barker who was replaced by Drew Carey after Barker’s retirement in 2007. No less than 50 years on TV and 35 hosting the show.


Mirtha Legrand – Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand (Argentina – 40 years)

You might be surprised to hear that there’s a show where all kinds of celebrities and politicians eat while on air. Even more surprised when you hear that it’s been on for 40 years.

Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand (literally, Having lunch with Mirtha Legrand) is an Argentinian show that was first called Having lunch with the stars and according to the hostess, was probably going to last “a few weeks”. Well, 40 years and counting for this 90-year-old cinema star turned TV hostess (who’s always “threatening” her audience with retirement).

The show first aired 47 years ago but was off the air for several years due to censorship from different governments.


Chabelo – En familia con Chabelo (Mexico – 48 years)

An icon for many Mexicans, Chabelo holds the Guinness record for the longest career as a children’s TV host (he should also have one for the strangest voice in TV history).

Xavier Lopez Rodríguez (his real name) hosted En Familia con Chabelo on the famous Mexican channel Televisa every Sunday since 1968 until 2015: 48 years!

Only a few times was the show off the air due to the host’s health issues or special events such as pope Benedict XVI visiting the country.


Don Francisco – Sábado Gigante (Chile – 53 years)

It’s hard to top this legendary Chilean host‘s record: 53 years as the face of Sábado gigante (literally, Giant Saturday), a show that also holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest variety show in TV history.

Airing for the first time on August 5, 1962 (which also turns it into the oldest show in Chilean TV history), it’s hard to imagine Sábado gigante with a different host. Don Francisco (whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger) said goodbye and so did the show on September 19, 2015 with a special called Sábado gigante: hasta siempre.


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