‘Jeopardy!’ Icon Ken Jennings Sounds Off on New ‘Summer of Soul’ Documentary

by Samantha Whidden

Never one to keep his opinion to himself, Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings took to his Twitter account on Friday (July 16th) to sound off on the new Summer of Soul documentary

Summer of Soul is maybe the best-edited documentary I’ve ever seen,” the Jeopardy! alum states. He also describes the documentary as an eye-opening reminder that Sly and the Family Stone had no fewer than two members who look a lot like Steve Zahn. 

The Jeopardy! Icon’s followers also sounded off about the documentary. One follower says, “What a cool movie. It’s incredible how well-recorded the acts are for 1969. Clearly a result of great mixing and engineering (both then and now).”

According to IMDb, Summer of Soul is a feature documentary about the historical 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which notably celebrated African American music and culture while also promoting Black pride and unity. 

The documentary’s footage was originally never before seen and forgotten until now. Concert performances featured in the documentary are from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, and The 5th Dimension. 

Ken Jennings Talks Relationship With ‘Jeopardy!’ Long-Time Host Alex Trebek

In February 2020 interview with Interview Magazine, Ken Jennings discusses his time with the long-time host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek. He states that while federal laws keep contestants away from people who may know the answers, he had gotten to know Alex over the years. 

“I’ve really admired what a quirky down-to-earth he is when the cameras aren’t on him, just to talk to him and see how he was doing,” Ken says. He then explains that Alex did enjoy something he wrote about the Jeopardy host and wanted to thank him. “[Alex] was just overwhelmed with the outpouring of goodwill he’d receive. He didn’t realize how much he meant to people.”

Ken Jennings then addresses whether or not he would ever want to be the permanent host of Jeopardy! “I can’t imagine anybody but Alex,” Jennings answers. “That the only problem I have with [hosting]. It’s a great job, but that would mean Alex isn’t hosting the show.”

Jennings then adds that he’s not quite ready for Trebek to no longer host Jeopardy. “To me, he’s irreplaceable.”

Ken Talks Guest-Hosting on ‘Jeopardy!’

Alex Trebek passed away from cancer in November of 2020. Jennings guest-hosted for Jeopardy! from January 11 to February 19, 2021. Ken Jennings spoke out about being selected as the first guest-host of the show by stating, “I thought I had studied [Alex] and I understood just what a remarkable job he was doing.” 

Jennings then states that the former long-time Jeopardy! was incredible at keeping the game going, understanding all the clue to each trivia question, and explaining it to the audience.

“And then I had to it, I realized he was doing 10 things I wasn’t a way of for every one that I said.”