Subsequent week, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings returns to the present, this time as the primary visitor host following Alex Trebek‘s demise. However will his gig grow to be everlasting? It is difficult.
Days after the long-lasting star died of pancreatic cancer in November, producers introduced that the sport present will resume taping with a sequence of interim visitor hosts, starting with Jennings, who gained 74 Jeopardy! consecutive video games in 2004, receiving the title of the present’s “Biggest of All Time” in 2020.
Simply earlier than Trebek’s last episode aired on Friday, Jan. 8, E! Information discovered that Jennings has taped six weeks value of exhibits, which can begin airing on Monday, Jan. 11, and that different visitor hosts are nonetheless anticipated to take the helm following Jennings, though no names or dates have been introduced.
In the meantime, the scenario stays “fluid,” a number of sources say. One insider instructed E! Information that the seek for a everlasting host continues, that the chosen particular person is not going to be named earlier than the spring, and that “whereas Ken is a really succesful host, there are considerations that he might not be the correct character to be the face of the long-running present.” E! Information has reached out to reps for Jeopardy!, who haven’t commented.
Final yr, after he was named the primary interim visitor host of Jeopardy!, Jennings, 46, drew controversy over resurfaced offensive tweets. Jeopardy! producers haven’t commented on them. However on Dec. 30, the champ responded to the backlash and issued an apology on Twitter.