It seems Ken Jennings has broken his own “Jeopardy!” appearance record.
The “Jeopardy!” Greatest Of All Time Tournament Winner set a seemingly insurmountable win streak of 74 games won in a row back in 2004. That record has not been broken, not even by recent headline-making champion Amy Schneider, who ended her 40-game win streak back in January.
Although Jennings is not going to be participating in any more “Jeopardy!” tournaments now that he’s officially on the payroll, it seems he is still keeping track of his “Jeopardy!” milestones. As it turns out, Friday’s game was a big day for him!
Ken Jennings Reveals He Has Hosted 100 Games Of ‘Jeopardy!’
Apparently tonight is my 100th time hosting Jeopardy!, which means (a) I have now hosted more games than I played, and (b) I’m just 9,950 hours away from achieving Malcolm Gladwell-style mastery.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 12, 2022
On Friday night, Ken Jennings tweeted, “Apparently tonight is my 100th time hosting Jeopardy!, which means (a) I have now hosted more games than I played, and (b) I’m just 9,950 hours away from achieving Malcolm Gladwell-style mastery.”
“Fingers crossed that this is the long-awaited Jeopardy musical episode,” one fan joked.
“Saving space for those 9,950 hours on my DVR may be a challenge,” another commented. One fan replied, “Good news! Jeopardy is only a half hour so you only need 4,975 hours on your DVR!”
“Ken, I think you’re close to 9963 hours away,” another noted. “It isn’t fair to count the commercial time when you’re not on air.” One more fan agreed, writing, “Commercial breaks don’t count, sorry.”
Other fans called for Ken Jennings to finally be named the permanent host of “Jeopardy!”.
“You’re doing a great job!” one fan wrote. “In our house, we take a Jeopardy! break when you’re not on.”
“I wish they would just make you the permanent host already,” said another.
“Please @Jeopardy, name @KenJennings the regular full time host,” another added.
So Who Is The Actual Host Of ‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Or Mayim Bialik?
In mid-December, Sony announced that both 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 film season 2 of her Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat.” She was also off making her directional debut in “As They Made Us,” which she also wrote.
Since then, Jennings had been hosting regular gameplay. Bialik returned in December to host the show’s first-ever Professor’s Tournament. She also hosted the “Jeopardy! National College Championship,” in February, which was held during primetime in addition to regular “Jeopardy!” gameplay.
Many fans have been vocal about their desire to see Ken Jennings fill the shoes left by the late Alex Trebek and take on the hosting role full-time, including Amy Schneider.
Amy Schneider Is All For Ken Jennings As The New ‘Jeopardy!’ Host
Former “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider recently revealed that she would love for Ken Jennings to become the new permanent host.
In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, Amy said that Jennings had put in the work and did “a really great job.”
When asked who should become the next permanent of the show decades-running game show, Amy said, “Ken Jennings should be the host. 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.
She’s also not the only “Jeopardy!” contestant who is calling for Ken Jennings to become the next permanent “Jeopardy!” host.
Rhone Talsma Also Wants Ken Jennings To Become The Next ‘Jeopardy!’ Host!
Amy’s win streak was ended by librarian Rhone Talsma, whose statement neon-yellow glasses were beloved by 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,” Rhone said. “His knowledge of the game gives him so much credibility.”
“There’s nobody better suited for the job,” he added.