As of Monday, it was announced by Sony Pictures Television that the first guest host of Jeopardy! following the death of its long-time host Alex Trebek, will be none other than former Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings.
Jennings, who is best known for gaining an overwhelming 74 game winning streak in 2004, will be the first of many temporary guest hosts. Given that Trebek has hosted the beloved game show series since it premiered with no other host in its 37 year run. Still, the goal of providing Jennings with the temporary position is to maintain familiarity with the fans. Jeopardy’s executive producer, Mike Richards had this to say: “Alex believed in the importance of ‘Jeopardy!’! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him,” Richards said. “We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers.”
Production for the show is scheduled to resume next week, and given that there have been a multitude of suggested hosts from fans including Levar Burton, Joe Rogan, Anderson Cooper, George Stephanopoulos and yes, Ken Jennings, there is no shortage of ideas for future temporary hosts.
There will only ever be one Alex Trebek, but I’m honored to be helping Jeopardy! out with this in January. https://t.co/2m2b5IQnkw
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 23, 2020
In the near future for the show, in the weeks of Dec. 21st & 28th, will feature the 10 best episodes of Alex Trebek, followed by the final unaired Trebek episodes after the holidays (Jan 4th) and then on the week of Jan 11th the episodes hosted by Ken Jennings and others will start to air.
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