The “Jeopardy!” G.O.A.T. Ken Jennings is back!
According to an inside source at Sony, Ken Jennings will be making his return to the “Jeopardy!” stage on Monday, November 8, 2021.
The day is a fitting day to honor the legacy of the late Alex Trebek, who passed away on November 8, 2020.
Although season 38 has so far been hosted by “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik, she will receive support from Jennings as she returns to film her Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat” which returns for its second season.
Although Bialik’s previous vaccine controversy has made some fans wary of accepting her, she has been trying to do everything she can to win the hosting role full-time – even by tempting the crew with cupcakes!
However, it is possible that Jennings can still steal the show.
Ken Jennings Was The Highest Rated Guest Host
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In 2004, Jennings became a household name when he completed a staggering 74 consecutive win streak that’s been proven to be an untouchable record. Second place belongs to Yale Ph.D. student Matt Amodio, who wrapped up his 38-game run only a few weeks ago.
After being on the show for so long, Jennings and Trebek formed a close friendship, and so it was only fitting that Jennings was chosen to carry on with season 37 after Trebek passed.
Jennings’ guest-hosting slot was the highest-rated of over a dozen guest hosts, which featured the likes of CNN’s Anderson Cooper to Green Bay Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
During the first week of his six-week run, Jennings drew in an average of 10.3 million viewers, which was second only to Trebek’s final episodes.
Ken Jennings Is Ready To Honor Trebek’s Legacy
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Jennings called “sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors of my life.”
“Not many things in life are perfect, but Alex did this job pretty much perfectly for more than 36 years, and it was even better up close,” he continued. “We were dazzled by his intelligence, his charm, his grace…Really, there’s no other word for it.”
“Like all ‘Jeopardy!’ fans, I miss Alex very much,” he added. “And I thank him for everything he did for all of us.”
“Let’s be totally clear: No one will ever replace the great Alex Trebek, but we can honor him by playing the game he loved.”
It’s not clear how long Jennings will host for. Sony previously announced that Bialik and Jennings will share hosting duties for the rest of 2021.
No host has yet been announced for 2022, but previous contestant Jim Gilligan, who was the final contestant to share the stage with Trebek and the first to see Jennings at the podium, thinks Jennings is the best person to honor Trebek’s legacy.
“To him, Alex was not just a host; they had become friends,” Gilligan explained. “And then to step into that role on a national stage and try to do the job, I can’t imagine that’s easy. So I have great respect for him to be doing that and to carry on as another tribute to Alex.”