Ken Jennings to be first interim host on ‘Jeopardy!’
Free Press wire reports | 11/25/2020, 6 p.m.
NEW YORK - “Jeopardy!” record-holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next week.
Producers announced Monday that Mr. Jennings, who won 74 games in a row and claimed the show’s “Greatest of All Time” title in a competition last year, will host episodes that will air in January.
A long-term replacement host for Mr. Trebek, who died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, will be named later.
“By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers,” said the show’s executive producer, Mike Richards.
The show is in its 37th year of syndication, and Mr. Trebek was its only host. It is still airing shows that Mr. Trebek filmed before his death.
Mr. Richards said that “Jeopardy!” will air repeat episodes for the holiday weeks beginning Dec. 21 and 28, meaning Mr. Trebek’s final week of shows will air starting Monday, Jan. 4.
Mr. Jennings’ episodes as interim host will begin Jan. 11.