‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Says He Is ‘Relieved’ the ‘Guest-Host Carousel’ Is Over

by Jonathan Howard

Some Jeopardy! fans are not happy about the new permanent host decision. For Ken Jennings, he is just happy the guest host auditions are over. It has been almost a year since Alex Trebek passed away last November. After a multitude of guest hosts trying their hand behind the podium, Mike Richards was chosen as the new host. Mayim Bialik will be a special host for spin-offs.

Since the decision, many have voiced their opinions Fans and former contestants let their feelings known. Jeopardy! GOAT, Ken Jennings, took to Twitter to share his thoughts. His initial tweet read, “In hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have insisted to Jeopardy that I host every episode while eating a loud, juicy apple.” Jeopardy!, but make it ASMR?

The former guest host and current segment producer for the show followed that up with a tweet in the same thread.

During Alex Trebek’s career, the show rarely drifted in regards to hosts. In the last year, the show has been in a constant state of change with new hosts coming in. The show rests on the continuity it has every episode. The unwavering presence of Trebek gave the show a rare quality that few have. Hopefully, Mike Richards can help get the show back to that steadfast culture.

Of course, Jennings still loves the show and says it is “Still my favorite show.” True Jeopardy! fans will likely keep watching and enjoying their favorite trivia game show. With contestants like Matt Amodio, the show has the potential for star talent to arrive at any moment.

Jeopardy! New Era, New Hosts

There will be a bit of a change to the show in this new era. With Mayim Bialik coming on as a special host, the tournaments and special event shows will not feature Mike Richards. Bialik was one of the favorites amid the guest host carousel, as Jennings put it.

Former Jeopardy! champion and professional gambler, James Holzhauer let his feelings be known about the decision. Holzhauer, who is known for going all-in and winning insanely large amounts of money on the show, doesn’t like that the show padded its hand a bit. While the news of Richards being the new host fell flat, Holzhauer hinted at how he felt the move looked.

Now, everyone will just have to wait and see how Mike Richards performs as permanent host. Perhaps fans won’t judge so harshly once they see him take over permanently.