Former contestant Ken Jennings will be the guest host for the first few episodes of Jeopardy!. Following the death of Alex Trebek, the show decided to cast Jennings as the interim host. The show will resume production on Nov. 30. Besides Jennings, the show will feature other hosts throughout the season.
Ken Jenning’s Winning Streak on Jeopardy!
Before he was interim host, Jennings set records when he won 74 games in a row and won over $2.5 million. This year, Jennings won the first Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time tournament.
Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards gave a statement, saying “We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers.” Richards described Trebek’s final wishes for the show.
“Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him.”
On Nov. 8 Trebek passed away after a long battle with stage six pancreatic cancer. Trebek filmed his final taping on Oct. 29. Trebek’s last episode is scheduled to air during the week of Jan. 4. Trebek’s 10 best episodes are also expected to air between Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. The episodes with the new hosts will air during the week of Jan. 11.
Jennings made his first appearance on Jeopardy in 2004. After Trebek’s death, he posted a funny photo he took with him, also adding his condolences. He was fond of the original host, tweeting, “Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him,”
Jennings continued, “Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family – which, in a way, included millions of us.”