“Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings has been staying in some pretty old-school hotels, if his Twitter account is any guide.
In a recent tweet, Jennings took a swipe at hotel nightstands – or the nightstands in the hotels he’s stayed in, at any rate – for not having electrical outlets.
“Cool they made a sign for the nightstands in hotel rooms,” Jennings tweeted Tuesday, alongside a picture of a “No Outlet” sign.
‘Jeopardy!’ Guest-Host Anderson Cooper Turned to Jennings for Advice
After legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020, of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, “Jeopardy!” producers began the search for his replacement. But in the meantime, they had to line up a string of guest hosts.
Among those guest-hosts was CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. And as he prepared for his guest-hosting stint, Cooper turned to Jennings, who was the first guest-host after Trebek’s death, for some advice.
“The great thing about ‘Jeopardy!’ is the game kind of runs itself,” Jennings said, per CNN. “If you watch Alex, he had this light touch where he would do, you know, sometimes the least possible. He would kind of take himself out of the spotlight and very generously put it on the players. And I found that the more you could do that, ‘Jeopardy!’ kind of runs itself.”
Jennings said Trebek always made the game itself the star of the show. And he shifted the spotlight onto the contestants rather than himself.
“It’s hard to imagine anybody in show business doing that, insisting that he not be billed as the star of ‘Jeopardy!,’” Jennings said.
“The more you can host that show the way people remember Alex doing it, the kinder the audience will be,” he added.
Who’s Guest-Hosting Next?
After Jennings took over as guest-host, next up was “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards. Then former “Today” show co-host Katie Couric filled in. After Couric, “Dr. Oz Show” host Dr. Mehmet Oz took over as guest-host. Next was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Cooper followed Rodgers. After him, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, who is currently on deck, guest-hosted. Next will be former “Jeopardy!” champion Buzzy Cohen. Following him is actress Mayim Bialik. “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie will follow her. Then it’s CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“Jeopardy!” producers recently revealed more guest-hosts to follow Gupta. George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber and Joe Buck will guest-host from mid-July to mid-August.
If they all follow Jennings’ advice, it should be a tough competition to replace Trebek.