Host Ken Jennings just got a major endorsement to become the next permanent host of “Jeopardy!”
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In mid-December, Sony announced that both “Jeopardy” Greatest Of All Time tournament winner Ken Jennings and former “The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik would team up to host “Jeopardy!” throughout 2022.
Although the “Blossom” child star started hosting season 38 when it began in the fall of 2021, she had to step out of her role in order to host season 2 of her Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat.”
Since then, Jennings had been hosting regular gameplay. Bialik returned in December to host the show’s first-ever Professor’s Tournament. She will also be back to host the “Jeopardy! National College Championship,” which will be held on weeknights in addition to regular “Jeopardy!” gameplay.
Although Ken Jennings hosted throughout January, some fans were surprised to tune in on Monday to see Bialik back behind the podium. Many want to see Ken Jennings fill the shoes left by the late Alex Trebek and take on the hosting role full-time… including one former “Jeopardy!” champion.
Former ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Gives Ringing Endorsement For Ken Jennings As Permanent Host
Former “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider would love for Ken Jennings to become the new permanent host.
Amy’s impressive run ended in January 2022 and left her with the second-longest win streak of 40 games won in a row. However, it still doesn’t hold a candle to the win streak of 74 games that Jennings won back in 2004.
In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, Amy said that Jennings had put in the work and did “a really great job.”
“Ken Jennings should be the host,” Schneider said. “I really can’t say enough about him.”
“I didn’t necessarily think that before going into this because, yes, he was a great champion, but this is a different skill set,” she continued. “But you could see the work that he put into it, and I just thought he did a really great job.”
“So as far as I’m concerned, that’s my endorsement,” she added.
However, she’s not the only “Jeopardy!” contestant who is calling for Ken Jennings to become the next permanent “Jeopardy!” host.
Yet Another Contestant Wants Ken Jennings To Become The Next ‘Jeopardy!’ Host!
Amy’s win streak was ended by librarian Rhone Talsma, whose statement neon-yellow glasses earned him praise on Twitter.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Rhone said that he would also love to see Ken Jennings become the next permanent host.
“If I’m able to endorse a host, I one-hundred-percent endorse Ken Jennings,” Talsma said. “His knowledge of the game gives him so much credibility.”
“There’s nobody better suited for the job,” he added.
What Does Another Former ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Think Of Ken Jennings As ‘Jeopardy!’ Host?
“Jeopardy!” Champion Brad Rutter officially holds the title of having won the most money on the decades-long game show due to his many tournament wins.
In a previous interview, Rutter commented on watching his friend Ken Jennings now take on the role once filled by the late Trebek.
Although he said that they don’t “talk about [Jeopardy!] too much,” Brad admitted that he has been watching the show and thinks that Ken is “doing a great job, but I would’ve expected that.”
He also has been watching Amy’s historic win streak!
“I have watched Amy and obviously, she’s fantastic,” he said. “It seems like we have super champions coming on every couple of months or so now, which has all the conspiracy theorists talking of course.”
“Somebody asked me about it the other day and the example I gave, which I’m not sure is great, was if you flip a coin a million times, you’d be surprised how many times it’ll come up heads 20 or 30 times in a row,” he went on. “It’s way more than you would expect. Even if they wanted to rig [the game], I don’t know how they could. This kind of stuff just happens. And I think we should just enjoy it while it’s happening.”
Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and another “Jeopardy!” great, James Holzhauer – who now holds the fourth-longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history – all appear on the trivia game show “The Chase,” which is available to stream on Hulu.