Ken Jennings Becomes The First Interim Jeopardy! Host

Jeopardy!, one of TV’s most popular game shows is currently looking for a new permanent host. Right now, the first interim host will be Ken Jennings.

Jennings is known for holding the all time record for most consecutive wins on Jeopardy!, which was 74. Also, he wrote a book about his game show experiences called Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs in 2006. On Nov. 8 Alex Trebek, the long-time host of the show passed away due to pancreatic cancer. Finding a full-time host will take time, but no one can truly replace Trecbek.

During an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Mike Richards stated that he will keep Trebek’s legacy going by keeping the show on the air. He said:

“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 will air the week of Jan. 4. Also, the last two weeks of December there will be 10 of Trebek’s best episodes airing after 36 years of being the Jeopardy host. It will be an emotional transition, but his legacy will live on.

Ken Jenning’s first episodes as the host will air on Jan. 11. We’ve seen him be a consecutive winner on the show, but can he pull off being the host? We’ll find out on Jeopardy!

“Featured Image via TV Insider

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