Ken Jennings, 74-Time 'Jeopardy!' Winner Discusses His New Role on the Show
Former "Jeopardy!" contestant Ken Jennings is joining the show as a crew member, and he recently opened up about what his new role entails as the show returns for its 37th season.
"Jeopardy!" is officially back, and this time, it comes with a new twist which includes COVID-19 pandemic-related guidelines and a new member, Ken Jennings.
Jennings joins as a consulting producer. He will present special video categories while also acting as a general ambassador for the show.
During an appearance on "Good Morning America," Jennings explained he was excited to join the "Jeopardy!" team because being a past contestant gives him a unique perspective.
Jennings came into the spotlight in 2004 when he won 74 consecutive games on the show. Today, his record remains unbroken.
In addition to his previously mentioned roles, Jennings will also help with reaching out to contestants as casting will be done virtually this season.
Prospective contestants will have to log on and take a new Anytime Test to audition. Those who pass the test will then proceed to the next round, which will be held on Zoom.
It makes it the first game show to resume production amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Jeopardy!" is returning for its 37th season, with greater social distance between Alex Trebek and the contestants, and a new role for all-time great contestant Ken Jennings. https://t.co/aXHG8ykKc4— ABC News (@ABC) September 3, 2020
Furthermore, Jennings spoke about some new rules put in place to protect the contestants and crew from getting infected with the new coronavirus.
According to him, individual contestant podiums and lecterns will be placed apart instead of being a single bank. The show's host, Alex Trebek, would also have to maintain his position at the host podium to ensure his safety.
The show's return marks its 37th season, and it makes it the first game show to resume production amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trebek continues to host the game series despite his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The prolific host reportedly once admitted that he loves his job and feels his best when he is at work.
Trebek was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019 and finished one round of treatment in August. However, less than a month later, he revealed that he was undergoing chemotherapy once again.
.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: @Jeopardy host Alex Trebek speaks with our @tjholmes about undergoing an experimental treatment for pancreatic cancer and releasing a new memoir. https://t.co/gjPg9CURBj pic.twitter.com/TPLHOMprCL— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 20, 2020
On the show's recent return, Trebek explained that he was happy to be able to get out of his house and do something regularly.
Despite the new changes that will be seen on "Jeopardy," there is no doubt that fans and contestants are in for an exciting season just like the previous ones.
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