Following the tragic death of Jeopardy! host, Alex Trebek, last year, the iconic game show has revealed its first guest host to be contestant and author, Ken Jennings.
We will resume production on 11/30 with a series of interim guest hosts from the Jeopardy! family – starting with Ken Jennings. Additional guest hosts to be announced. pic.twitter.com/0MdGqnzp3R
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 23, 2020
It isn’t too shocking that he’d act as a guest host for the show while the higher-ups painstakingly seek a new permanent host. Back in September, the 74-time Jeopardy! winner and GOAT champ joined the team behind the scene as a consulting producer.
Last year, fans heard some disheartening news – Trebek had pancreatic cancer. Even with this revelation, he fought through it and continued working on the show. Some felt the series would end, but Trebek always felt the show couldn’t stop even if it meant replacing him.
“Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him.”
Watch Jeopardy! executive producer, Mike Richards, honor Trebek:
With respect to his legacy, the show will continue and will do so by offering up the same type of content with familiar guest hosts for the “foreseeable future.”
“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.”
Presumably, the series will reveal its permanent guest sometime in mid-2021. Jennings’ go at hosting will debut on January 11.