‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Sends Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Show, Alex Trebek After Guest-Hosting Run Ends

by Joe Rutland

Ken Jennings just put the wraps on his guest-hosting duties for “Jeopardy!” on Friday, Feb. 19. But he wanted to say thanks for the time.

Jennings posted a note on Twitter, expressing his gratitude not only to the show but late show host Alex Trebek. It’s a touching note from Jennings, who holds the longest winning streak on “Jeopardy!” with 74 straight victories.

Now there has been a lot of chatter about Jennings potentially becoming the full-time replacement host for Trebek, who died from cancer on Nov. 8, 2020.

Show producers, though, have decided to go with a rotating set of guest hosts for the time being. Jennings had the first run, hosting from Jan. 11 to Feb. 19. Mike Richards, who is executive producer for both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” picks up the host mantle on Monday, Feb 22.

“I was very fortunate to have a front-row seat to watch and study Alex,” Richards said. “Stepping in as a guest host was incredibly humbling, emotional and a lot of fun. It will forever be the honor of my life.”

Other “Jeopardy!” guest hosts will include Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik.

‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Love How Alex Trebek Said This One Word

It’s no secret that regular “Jeopardy!” viewers still hold Alex Trebek and his memory close to their hearts. He is the only host that many people know from this incarnation of the game show.

Actually, Art Fleming was the initial host when “Jeopardy!” had a run on NBC in the 1960s and 1970s. Did you know that famous talk-show host Merv Griffin actually created “Jeopardy!” back in the day?

But enough about those names and times. Trebek is the subject at hand and there’s a particular word he said that, still to this moment, wows show fans.

The word is “genre.” Trebek made the word sound like he was saying a person’s name, like “John.”

One adoring fan even put together a compilation of Trebek saying the word on different occasions.

“I spent way too much time putting together this video of Alex Trebek saying the word ‘genre,’ so now you have to RT it. Sorry, I don’t make the rules,” Alex Jacob, “Jeopardy!” All-Star and 2015 Tournament of Champions winner, writes along with the video. Even Jennings gets in on the act as he replies to Jacob.

“I take a whack at saying “genre” on today’s @Jeopardy. Hope I did all right for my first time” was what Jennings tweeted out on Feb. 18.

“Jeopardy!” will continue airing on TV, keeping fans busy and trying their best to outsmart the contestants.