Alex Trebek had hosted "Danger!" since 1984. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Ken Jennings is temporarily replacing Alex Trebek as host

Alex Trebek had Jeopardy! since 1984. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Alex Trebek’s November 8 death from pancreatic cancer left a gaping hole on Jeopardy !, the game show he has been heart, soul and face of since it began in 1984.

The show announced Monday that it has a short-term plan to move forward without him: “A number of temporary innkeepers from the Jeopardy! Family – starting with Ken Jennings. “

One of the most famous names in danger! Universe, Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the show (74 games!). He also took first place in danger! The biggest tournament of all time in January.

More innkeepers will be announced later. Not a word whether they’ll include Jennings’ GOAT competitors Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer; Fan favorite LeVar Burton; Newsman George Stephanopoulos; or others mentioned as potential replacements.

Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, noted that Trebek had always “wanted the show to go on after him”.

We will start production on November 30th. Resume with a range of interim innkeepers from Jeopardy! Family – starting with Ken Jennings. Further hosts will be announced.

– Danger! (@Jeopardy) November 23, 2020

After the news broke, Jennings humbly commented: “There will only be one Alex Trebek at a time, but I am honored to be helping Jeopardy! so out in January. “

Trebek has recorded enough shows to air through December 25th. Jeopardy! will air 10 of Trebek’s best shows in the weeks of December 21st to 28th, so the last ones he hosted will be postponed to the week of January 4th. It is unclear what date Jennings will first provide clues.

The story goes on

Danger! isn’t the only game show Jennings will be featured on in the early days of 2021. He will be featured on a new ABC game show, The Chase, along with Rutter and Holzhauer – two other big Trebek fans – when it premieres on January 7th.

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