‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Reflects on Alex Trebek’s Legacy on Anniversary of His Death

by Matthew Memrick

“Jeopardy!” master and current co-host Ken Jennings recently shared a heartwarming moment on the anniversary of Alex Trebek’s death.

And it has something to do with cufflinks and how they’re his good luck charm now.

According to the Desert News, the newspaper said last week that Jennings returns to the podium on Monday. Jennings confirmed the news on Sunday.

“Jeopardy!” Co-host Mayim Bialik has been hosting since the season premiered on Sept. 13. She hands the baton back to ‘Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time’ champion for likely the rest of Season 38.

According to the newspaper, the game show has not yet revealed any hosting information for beyond 2021.

A few weeks after the longtime host’s death last year, Jennings came into guest-hosting duties on “Jeopardy!”

It was a rough time for Trebek’s family, the show, and its staff.

“One of the producers handed me a box,” Jennings said in Monday’s Twitter clip. “Alex’s wife, Jean, had given me a pair of his cufflinks that he had worn on the show.”

Jennings admitted that it was a lovely gesture from Jean when the woman and her family were dealing with the grief. He was surprised that she thought about Jeopardy! and him because he admitted they had never met.

“I just thought, ‘what a lovely thing to do’ and ‘she’s fantastic,’” Jennings said.

Jennings went on to say that he calls them his Alex Trebek cufflinks, and they’re the only pair he owns. He showed them off in the Twitter clip.

Following executive producer/host Mike Richards’ exit early in the 2021–22 season, Jennings became a host on the show’s syndicated version, splitting duties with Bialik (who hosts the primetime version).

‘Jeopardy!’ Star Still Misses Trebek

Jennings said he still misses the legendary host and often thinks Trebek is still wandering around the studio. The man also said it’s hard to talk about Trebek in “the present tense.”

 “Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years — and it was even better up close,” Jennings said when he filled in last year. “We were dazzled by his intelligence, his charm, his grace — really, there’s no other word for it.”

At 80, Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020, after a 20-month battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Fans responded to the Tweet, sharing their love for Trebek. 

One fan named Ian Baker said, “Jeopardy ain’t the same with you, Alex. Hope you are doing well teaching Jeopardy in heaven.”

Another male Twitter fan said, “Make him the full-time host. It’s clearly what Alex wanted.”