Ken Jennings is internet hosting “Jeopardy!” once more, and his second stint as host begins on an particularly significant day for “Jeopardy!” fandom.
A supply with Sony has confirmed to the Deseret Information that the “Jeopardy! Best of All Time” champion will return to the internet hosting lectern on Monday, Nov. 8 — the one-year anniversary of Alex Trebek’s demise.
Ken Jennings is internet hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ once more
Beginning Monday, Jennings would be the second host of the quiz present’s thirty eighth season.
Mayim Bialik, a neuroscientist and actress recognized for her function as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Huge Bang Idea,” has been internet hosting because the season premiered on Sept. 13.
Jennings’ preliminary stint as host happened earlier this yr, simply two months after Trebek’s demise from pancreatic most cancers. In the beginning of his internet hosting debut, the “Jeopardy!” legend, who was a good friend of Trebek’s, paid tribute to the longtime host.
“Sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of many best honors of my life,” Jennings mentioned on the time, the Deseret Information reported. “Not many issues in life are excellent, however Alex did this job just about completely for greater than 36 years — and it was even higher up shut. We had been dazzled by his intelligence, his appeal, his grace — actually, there’s no different phrase for it.
“Like all ‘Jeopardy!’ followers, I miss Alex,” he continued with emotion. “Very a lot. And I thank him for all the pieces he did for all of us. Let’s be completely clear: Nobody will ever substitute the good Alex Trebek, however we are able to honor him by taking part in the sport he beloved.”
Jennings’ debut because the inaugural visitor host was an enormous success — through the first week of his six-week stint, he introduced in a mean of 10.3 million viewers, second this previous season solely to Trebek’s remaining week as host, the Deseret Information reported. Of all of the 16 visitor hosts who would fill in for the present’s thirty seventh season, Jennings had the best rankings.
Jim Gilligan — who was the ultimate “Jeopardy!” winner underneath Trebek and the primary returning champion underneath Jennings — mentioned he admired Jennings for moving into the function of host so quickly after Trebek’s demise.
“To him, Alex was not only a host — they’d turn out to be pals,” Gilligan advised the Deseret Information earlier this yr. “After which to step into that function on a nationwide stage and attempt to do the job, I can’t think about that’s straightforward. So I’ve nice respect for him to be doing that and to hold on as one other tribute to Alex, actually.”
How lengthy will Ken Jennings host ‘Jeopardy!’?
A number of months in the past, “Jeopardy!” introduced that Bialik and Jennings would break up internet hosting duties as their schedules allowed for the 2021 calendar yr, the Deseret Information reported.
“Jeopardy!” has not but revealed any internet hosting data for past 2021.
Jennings, who’s a consulting producer for “Jeopardy!,” is definitely a favourite to host the quiz present, though he additionally has obligations with the ABC trivia sport present “The Chase,” the place he works alongside “Jeopardy!” legends James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter.
“The Chase” just lately introduced that its second season will premiere Jan. 5.