Fans Are Divided as Ken Jennings Is Named 1st 'Jeopardy!' Guest Host after Alex Trebek's Death
"Jeopardy!" has named its first guest host following the passing of TV legend Alex Trebek. The next episode would have Ken Jennings taking the mantle and in the light of this news, fans have shown mixed reactions.
Weeks after the world bade farewell to game show icon Alex Trebek, "Jeopardy" is ready to carry on his legacy in a unique way. The franchise is set to bring in different guest hosts during the episodes through Christmas.
On "Jeopardy!'s" latest Twitter update, the franchise made it known that the first guest host would be long-time game show contestant and highest winner, Ken Jennings.
The announcement also showed that more hosts would join in subsequent episodes. In the comments, many followers and fans shared their opinions about the development.
While some tilted towards the fact that Trebek was irreplaceable, some were glad that Jennings stepped in. Attached to the post was a write-up from the show's executive producer, Mike Richards, who penned some of Trebek's sentiments as a tribute to him. The post read:
"Alex believed in the importance of Jeopardy! And always said that he wanted the show to go on after him. We will honor his legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved."
I actually called it that Ken Jennings would host if it came down to this. I don’t care if it’s temporary, I called it.— cbird85 (@cbird851) November 24, 2020
Many followers trooped to the comment section dropping their takes and mixed reactions. One person noted that they had the inkling that Jennings would be brought in because of his record-breaking resume on "Jeopardy!"
Another person felt there was no need for other guest hosts to be brought in as Jennings could continue leading Trebek's legacy. More fans made several host suggestions as they named people who could keep "Jeopardy!" moving on.
We will resume production on 11/30 with a series of interim guest hosts from the Jeopardy! family – starting with Ken Jennings. Additional guest hosts to be announced. pic.twitter.com/0MdGqnzp3R— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 23, 2020
It is safe to say that Ken Jennings, 46, was the right choice for "Jeopardy!'s" guest host decision. The star has an incredible milestone on the show with a 74-game win streak and the recipient of the highest winner title in a regular-season game.
Jennings also knows the rope of the show because he works as a consulting producer. Many have speculated that Jennings' long time affiliation with the acclaimed show makes him the ideal person to fill Trebek's position.
Can this PLEASE be permanent? He’s the only person who could even remotely fill Trebek’s shoes.— Sam Cares (@SamCares11) November 24, 2020
Fans have suggested other stars like Anderson Cooper, Tom Bergeron, and Laura Coates, among others. So far, "Jeopardy!" plans to air ten special Trebek episodes for the festive period.