While “Jeopardy!” has given the answers to an extensive amount of trivia questions throughout the years, it’s still leaving one question up in the air: Who will be the next permanent host?
In the next few months, fans of the popular game show will soon get a better picture of who will take their permanent spot behind the iconic lectern.
Following Alex Trebek’s death, the show’s production company, Sony Pictures Television, has begun a formal search to find his replacement.
While fans are anxiously awaiting the announcement, the network wants to make sure they give the title to the right person.
“The host of ‘Jeopardy!’ is one of the leading representatives of broadcast television,” said Ted Harbert, longtime TV executive at ABC and NBC. “The next host will be maintaining the legacy of a national institution.”
As far as frontrunners are concerned, it seems like Ken Jennings has a good chance at taking the esteemed title. During his six-week stint as interim host, fans quickly gave him high marks for his hosting duties. Some even called for the network to cancel the upcoming guest hosts and name Jennings as the permanent host.
The Search Continues to Find New Host For ‘Jeopardy!’
However, it looks like Jennings is up against some stiff competition. After he ended his hosting gig, “Jeopardy!” producer Mike Richards stepped in after COVID-19 left the show with its celebrity host.
Even though he wasn’t initially slated to host the quiz show, fans have raved about his performance. It now seems like fans are split when it comes to who they prefer. On social media, fans offered Richards praise after they saw him in front of the camera.
“Please keep Mike Richards on @Jeopardy for forever. He’s confident, charming, and easy on the eyes,” one user tweeted. “No one will replace Alex, but Mike is the next best thing.”
After Richards takes his leave, fans will get to see some of their favorite celebrities quiz contestants on the game show. Former “Today Show” anchor Katie Couric will start her hosting duties on March 8, followed by Dr. Mehmet Oz on March 22.
On April 5, sports fans will be excited to see Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers take his position behind the podium.
Anchor Anderson Cooper, “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, and “The Big Bang Theory” actor Mayim Bialik will also get their chance to shine on the “Jeopardy!” set.