Ken Jennings: Who Is First 'Jeopardy!' Guest Host?

Ken Jennings: Who Is First 'Jeopardy!' Guest Host?

Jennings is among other to-be-announced guest hosts who will host the show in Trebek's absence.

Earlier this year, Jennings claimed the title of Jeopardy's "Greatest of All Time" in a prime-time event.

For those wondering if "Jeopardy!" would go on after Alex Trebek's death, Jeopardy producers confirmed on Monday that the show must go on.

Art Fleming hosted earlier editions of the game show, including the original "Jeopardy!" that debuted in 1964 on NBC and aired for a decade.

The show announced on Monday that Jennings would be the first of several guest hosts until a permanent replacement is found. Trebek hosted the current iteration of "Jeopardy!" from its inception in 1984 until just days before his death at age 80 of pancreatic cancer.

"I would love to honor Alex Trebek in that fashion!" "On that particular day, I will speak to Harry [Friedman, executive producer], and I will speak to Clay [Jacobsen], our director, and tell them, 'Give me 30 seconds at the end of the program".

Trebek died on November 8 from pancreatic cancer, after being first diagnosed in March 2019.

Following his passing, "Jeopardy" honored the late television star.

"Jeopardy" has not yet announced when the new wave of episodes will air.

"Over the weekend we lost our beloved host Alex Trebek", Richards said while fighting back tears.

Richards continued: "He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, for his kindness and for his love of his family". Episodes he filmed through then will continue to air the week of January 4, 2021.

Viewers can expect to see the first week of Jeopardy! episodes with guest hosts during the week of January 11, starting with Ken Jennings.

He added: "On behalf of everyone here at 'Jeopardy!' thank you for everything, Alex".

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