Ken Jennings and Others to Guest Host ‘Jeopardy!’ Following Alex Trebek’s Death
Alex Trebek passed away Nov. 8, and now “Jeopardy!” has announced that a series of interim guest hosts will helm the show when production resumes Nov. 30.
Ken Jennings, a “Jeopardy!” legend with 74 consecutive wins, will be the first to step in. Jennings was also crowned “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” winner earlier this year during a prime-time special.
Executive Producer Mike Richards said in a statement, “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.”
While his successor is still unknown, more guest hosts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fans of Trebek can watch his 10 best episodes as they air from Dec. 21 to Dec. 28, as well as his final episodes airing the week of Jan. 4. Jennings’ episodes will air the week of Jan. 11.
Previously, Richards opened up to “Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers about Alex’s passing, and who might fill his shoes.
Mike said, “He did want the show to go on. He was very clear about that.” He added, “When you have a legend like that, you don’t try to fill the shoes. You put someone in that honors their legacy.”