‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Turn as Guest Host Over, Will He Be Back?

by Kayla Zadel

Ken Jennings’s run at “Jeopardy!” guest host has come to an end. But will this be the last we see of the winningest contestant? Speculations are swirling around the possibility of Jennings’ return.

The guest host took to Twitter to shares his thanks for the time on the show. “That’s a wrap on my six weeks of @Jeopardy guest hosting. Thanks for watching, thanks for your patience with a tough learning curve…and, as always, thank you Alex 💙,” Jennings tweets. He also posts a photo of him on the game show set, wearing a purple ribbon in support of pancreatic cancer research.

Fans of Jennings took to the comments to share their heartfelt wishes for the temporary host. Many of them believe that Ken Jennings should be the permanent “Jeopardy!” replacement.

“When will they officially announce you as the permanent host?!” writes on person.

“Don’t know if you want the job, but if so, I hope the folks at Jeopardy see that you’re the fella for the job,” another fan shares in response. “Impossible shoes to fill, but it’s clear that you’d be a worthy successor. Rooting for you!”

“You are awesome Ken. I’m sure Alex is so proud of the job you’ve done. I hope in the end you will be the new permanent host,” this poster writes. “Your love of and (commitment) to the game shows and you belong there. Thanks for all.”

Ken Jennings: First Guest Host Since Alex Trebek’s Passing

After Ken Jennings impressed us all with his smarts and winning ways, he took on a consulting role with “Jeopardy!” However, when Alex Trebek passed away last year at the age of 80 to pancreatic cancer, show producer Mike Richards asked Jennings to fill in as guest host.

Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on “Jeopardy!” with 74 consecutive games won. He’s also the highest winnings in regular-season play ($2,520,700).

While there have been rumors about who will take Trebek’s place permanently, but until then, Richards has a line-up of guest hosts that are ready to command the quiz show behind the iconic podium.

Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers is on the list to join the show, as well as veteran journalist Katie Couric. She will be the first woman to host the game show. “Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik will be second. Award-winning journalist Bill Whitaker is also on the list.

More recently announced as guest hosts are Savannah Guthrie, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. But first, executive producer of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” Mike Richards, will be filling in from Feb. 22 to March 5.