Ken Jennings Named Interim ‘Jeopardy’ Host
New details surrounding Alex Trebek’s temporary replacement on Jeopardy has been revealed. According to reports, the popular game show will resume production after Thanksgiving. Ken Jennings, one of the most successful players on the show, will be the interim host.
Jennings won the primetime Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time tournament earlier this year and holds the show’s record for consecutive games won at 74 and most winnings in regular play ($2,520,700).
He’ll be the first in a series of guest hosts following the death of Alex Trebek on Nov. 8. The show is holding off on naming a full-time host for the time being.
Executive Producer Mike Richards says,
“Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him. 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.”
Trebek’s last episodes of the show taped on Oct. 29 and will air in the week of Jan. 4.
Jeopardy will instead air 10 of Trebek’s best episodes from his 36 years as host in the weeks of Dec. 21 and 28.