Ken Jennings Will Be First Guest Host of 'Jeopardy!' After Trebek Episodes

Ken Jennings Will Be First Guest Host of 'Jeopardy!' After Trebek Episodes”

The guest host plan marks the first announcement about the future of the series since the November 8 death of longtime host Alex Trebek.

Producers announced Monday that Jennings, who won 74 games in a row and claimed the show's "Greatest of All Time" title in a competition past year, will host episodes that air in January.

What is: perfection! Former Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings has been named the interim host of Jeopardy! following the death of Alex Trebek. Other names, including Anderson Cooper and George Stephanopoulos, have been floated as potential new hosts.

Ken also chimed in after the news was announced. fittingly saying, "there will only ever be one Alex Trebek".

"Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy! and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him", the statement said. More guests will be announced in the weeks to come but for now, it's Ken first up at the podium.

Of course, Jennings is no stranger to "Jeopardy!" fans. Between Dec. 21 and 28, a selection of 10 of Trebek's best episodes will air.

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Following his passing, "Jeopardy" honored the late television star.

"Over the weekend we lost our beloved host Alex Trebek", Richards said while fighting back tears.

Richards continued: "He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, for his kindness and for his love of his family".

Richards said that "Jeopardy!" will air repeat episodes for the holiday weeks beginning December 21 and 28, meaning Trebek's final week of shows will air starting Monday, Jan. 4.

The 46-year-old Jennings, who has more than $4 million in career game show earnings, including his January 2020 $1 million win in the prime-time special tournament, "Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time", has been widely speculated as in the running for the permanent job.

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