‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Reportedly Not Frontrunner to Replace Alex Trebek

by Emily Morgan

As Ken Jennings continues to step behind the Jeopardy! podium as interim host, the event marks the first time someone has taken the title following the death of longtime host Alex Trebek.

However, Jennings may not hold the coveted title as long as his beloved predecessor. According to E! News, Jennings’ time on the show may not be permanent. Jennings, who won 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games in 2004 and who has been dubbed the “Greatest of All Time,” was announced as the show’s first guest host following the death of Trebek. 

While Trebek’s final taped show aired on Friday, E! News reports that Jennings has taped six weeks of the show, which began airing on Monday, Jan. 11. Reportedly, fans can expect to see other guests to appear after Jennings, but the show has yet to announce other names or dates. 

Ken Jennings Faces Backlash Over Insensitive Tweets

Insiders added that the situation is “fluid” when it comes to the hosting job, with one source telling the outlet that the search for a permanent host is ongoing and will likely continue until the spring. They added that “while Ken is a very capable host, there are concerns that he may not be the right personality to be the face of the long-running show.”

Recently, controversy surrounded Ken Jennings over resurfaced offensive tweets that made headlines after being named the interim host. On Dec. 30, he apologized for the offensive tweets over the years, but Jeopardy! representatives have yet to comment on the controversy publicly. 

“Hey, I just wanted to own up to the fact that over the years on Twitter, I’ve definitely tweeted some unartful and insensitive things,” he tweeted. “Sometimes they worked as jokes in my head and I was dismayed to see how they read on screen.”

Jennings added to his regret, “In the past, I’d usually leave bad tweets up just so they could be dunked on. At least that way they could lead to smart replies and even advocacy.  Deleting them felt like whitewashing a mistake. But I think that practice may have given the impression I stand by every failed joke I’ve ever posted here. Not at all! Sometimes I said dumb things in a dumb way and I want to apologize to people who were (rightfully!) offended.”

He added, “It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone, but that doesn’t matter: I screwed up, and I’m truly sorry.”