Jeopardy: Ken Jennings Returns As Host One Year After Alex Trebek's Death

Ken Jennings returns as the guest host of Jeopardy! on the first anniversary of Alex Trebek’s death. Jennings, who holds the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy!, won over $2.5 million in his original 74-game run in 2004. Last year, Jennings returned to the Jeopardy! stage to participate in the Greatest of All Time tournament and emerged the victor. Earlier this year, Jennings kicked off the roster of guest hosts, including Mayim Bialik, LeVar Burton, and Aaron Rodgers, after Trebek’s final episodes aired.

In 2020, Jennings joined Jeopardy! as a consulting producer, leading to speculations that he was being primed to take over for Trebek as the show’s host. Following the passing of the host last November 8, finding a permanent host has been met with controversy. In August, Jeopardy! revealed that executive producer Mike Richards was the frontrunner to become the new permanent host. Ultimately, Richards was fired from Jeopardy!, and Bialik and Jennings were slated to serve as hosts for the remainder of the season.

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Per USA Today, Jennings returns as the host of Jeopardy! on the one-year anniversary of  Trebek's death. Returning to the Jeopardy! stage on November 8, Jennings is set to host a three-week run. As for the milestone, Jennings said Jeopardy! may feature a title card, otherwise, the anniversary goes unmentioned. However, Jennings revealed he is wearing Trebek’s cufflinks in the episode. Speaking on taking over as the permanent host of Jeopardy!, Jennings revealed he would happily accept the position. Read what Jennings said below:

If my country called upon me to host 'Jeopardy!' I would happily do my patriotic duty. That show is my first love. I, even as a little kid, I would run home from school every day to watch. It's just a big part of who I am and the person I became, even before I was on the show. So it's just enormously flattering to be in the mix. And I feel like the show is in good hands, at this point, no matter what happens.

Of course, Trebek and Jennings appeared to form a strong bond over the years. Remembering Trebek’s impeccable hosting skills and legacy, Jennings said, “He [Trebek] just made it look graceful and effortless And it didn't seem like there was enough of that kind of talk when the hosting roundtable was going on.” As for Jennings’ season 38 co-host, Jennings said Bialik’s hosting skills provide "a fresh and authentic feeling to Jeopardy." For now, it remains to be seen if Jeopardy! producers will choose between Bialik and Jennings to helm the trivia game show permanently.

Deemed far more than a game show host, Trebek had a profound impact on audience members, contestants, and fans. The host’s dignified, pointed, and kind-hearted appearance is why so many welcome him into their home. It’s not surprising then, why it’s still unclear who will permanently fill his shoes as the future host of Jeopardy!. However, Jennings appears to understand the importance of the role and is the ideal choice to guest host on an episode that airs on a significant milestone. Overall, Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! will always be the iconic host of America’s favorite game show.

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Source: USA Today

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