Champion Ken Jennings will be first interim ‘Jeopardy!’ host

Carla Harmon
November 24, 2020

"By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers". The guest host episodes will air the following week.

"Alex believed in the importance of "Jeopardy" and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him", said Executive Producer Mike Richards.

Earlier this year, Jennings claimed the title of "Greatest of All Time" in a primetime showdown with other legends of the button.

One of the most recognizable names in the Jeopardy! universe, Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the show (74 games!).

Jennings' total earnings on the show are $4.5 million - a combination of his series of wins and second place prizes in various Jeopardy! tournaments.

It's hard to think that anyone could fill Alex Trebek's shoes on "Jeopardy!" after the longtime host died of pancreatic cancer on November 8.

Trebek passed away on Sunday, Nov. 8 following a public battle with pancreatic cancer. "We will honor his legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved", said Richards.

What is: perfection! Former Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings has been named the interim host of Jeopardy! following the death of Alex Trebek. He's set to appear alongside Rutter and Holzhauer - two other big fans of Trebek - on a new ABC game show, The Chase, when it premieres January 7.

Initially the show announced Trebek's final new episode as host would air on Christmas Day.

The late Alex Trebek is seen pictured here with Ken Jennings.

No word on when the show will announce a permanent host.

"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to remain involved with my favorite show", Jennings said before the show returned to the air in mid-September after a pandemic-induced hiatus.

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